Lawmakers call for independent investigation into Oklahoma inmate’s murder conviction

June 21, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – More than 30 Oklahoma lawmakers are calling for an independent investigator to look into one of the most well-known murder convictions in recent history.

Richard Glossip was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of his boss, Barry Van Treese.

However, officials say they have always known that Glossip was not the man who actually committed the crime. Instead, prosecutors say that Glossip was the one who hired the convicted killer.

A co-worker of Glossip, Justin Sneed, admitted to beating the motel manager to death with a bat. He claimed that Glossip gave him money to kill their boss.

In exchange for his testimony against Glossip, Sneed was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

For more than 20 years, Glossip has maintained his innocence.

Now, more than 30 bipartisan Oklahoma lawmakers are calling on Gov. Kevin Stitt to get involved in the case.

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