Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence of Julius Jones, who was due to be executed, on Thursday, November 18.
Video posted to Twitter shows demonstrators inside the state capitol celebrating upon learning the news on Thursday.
Protesters had gathered at the state capitol building and the governor’s mansion overnight demanding that Gov Stitt commute Jones’s sentence.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, citing doubts about Jones’s guilt, had voted 3-1 to ask Stitt to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Jones had been placed on death row after he was convicted for the murder of businessman Paul Howell in 1999. Credit: @nhshelby via Storyful