Supreme Court temporarily halts impending Richard Glossip execution amid potential appeal

The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to temporarily stay the execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, scheduled for 18 May, as it considers taking the man’s appeal.

Glossip, convicted of the 1997 murder-for-hire of motel owner Barry Van Treese, has long maintained his innocence.

In recent years, numerous officials of both parties in Oklahoma, including the state’s Republican attorney general Gentner Drummond, have urged that Glossip get a new trial, amid major questions about the credibility of the state’s key witness and other evidentiary issues.

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