Key Dates in Legal Case of Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip – ABC News
Key events in the criminal case against Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was scheduled to be executed Wednesday but won a two-week stay so judges can review his attorneys’ claim that new evidence will prove his innocence.
Jan. 7, 1997 — Barry Alan Van Treese is found beaten to death in a room at the Best Budget Inn, one of several motels he co-owned in Oklahoma. Van Treese was staying at the Oklahoma City motel while traveling to the motels to deliver paychecks and pick up money for deposit.
Jan. 9, 1997 — Motel manager Richard Glossip arrested. Investigators say he began selling his belongings and telling people he was leaving town after being questioned by police two days earlier.
Jan. 14, 1997 — Motel maintenance man Justin Sneed, who was found with $1,700 after Van Treese’s death, also arrested in connection to death. Sneed later agrees to testify against Glossip.
June 1998 — During Glossip’s first trial, Sneed tells an Oklahoma County jury that Glossip feared for his job and promised Sneed $10,000 if he would rob and kill Van Treese. Jurors convict Glossip and sentence him to death; Sneed is sentenced to life without parole.
July 17, 2001 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturns Glossip’s conviction, saying evidence to support Sneed’s testimony was “extremely weak,” Glossip’s lawyer was ineffective and jurors appeared to have consulted a Bible during deliberations, contrary to proper court procedures.
June 2004 — A second Oklahoma County jury convicts Glossip and sentences him to death. His attorneys appeal.
January 2008 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upholds Glossip’s conviction.
November 2008 — Glossip pursues a federal appeal, arguing prosecutors were wrong to hang posters in the courtroom outlining their evidence and that the judge shouldn’t have let jurors hear victim-impact statements.
July 25, 2013 — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds conviction, says Glossip’s second trial was “fundamentally fair” and cites trial testimony that showed the motel’s books were short and that Van Treese had given Glossip a deadline to straighten them out.
June 25, 2014 — Following the botched April 2014 execution of another Oklahoma inmate, Glossip and 20 other inmates file a federal lawsuit alleging Oklahoma unconstitutionally allows an “ever-changing array of untried drugs” during executions. The state later argues that an improperly placed intravenous line — not its new mix of drugs — was the culprit in the problematic execution.
Oct. 24, 2014 — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejects Glossip’s clemency request. Separately, the state delays several inmates’ executions, including Glossip’s date from November 2014 to January 2015, saying it needs time to obtain lethal drugs.
Dec. 22, 2014 — A federal judge declares Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol constitutional. But three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to consider whether Oklahoma can use midazolam, a surgical sedative, during executions, prompting another delay in Glossip’s execution.
June 29, 2015 — A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma’s use of midazolam during state executions.
July 8, 2015 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals sets Glossip’s execution for Sept. 16, 2015.
Sept. 15, 2015 — After Gov. Mary Fallin refuses to delay Glossip’s execution, Glossip’s attorneys notify the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that they have new evidence. Among the material is an affidavit from an inmate who said Sneed admitted lying about Glossip’s involvement in Van Treese’s death.
Sept. 16, 2016 — The appeals court halts Glossip’s execution, grants his attorneys two weeks to raise new arguments.