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Uncovered evidence in Oklahoma death row case prompts calls for new hearing

September 23, 2022

Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate whose halted execution in 2015 led to a state moratorium on the death penalty requested a new hearing Thursday, alleging that prosecutors had failed to disclose key evidence that could have resulted in a different outcome at his trial or in his petition for a new one.

report initiated at the request of Oklahoma state legislators in the capital murder case against Richard Glossip contends that the state’s primary witness, Justin Sneed, confirmed to investigators in interviews this summer that he has had discussions with multiple family members about “recanting” his testimony.

In addition, the report said, investigators found that the district attorney’s case file included documentation describing how the state provided Sneed information “so he could conform his testimony to match the evidence” from other witnesses.

Read the full piece by Erik Ortiz in NBC News.