Baller Alert sat down with activist Tiffany Loftin to talk about loss of life row inmate Julius Jones’ story.
Jones has been on loss of life row in Oklahoma for 19 years for a 1999 homicide of a white insurance coverage govt, although he’s maintained his innocence and proof exhibits that he was wrongfully convicted. His clemency listening to is on October twenty sixth and Loftin fights for the district lawyer to be investigated earlier than then.
Tiffany’s ardour for Black Individuals in American and racial and social justice has led her to stand and battle for Julius Jones. She discusses the a number of methods we might help Julius turn into a free man and the causes we should proceed to battle for what’s proper.
Julius Jones was convicted of first-degree homicide and sentenced to loss of life in 2002. He was accused of killing Paul Howell, who was carjacked and fatally shot in 1999. Julius Jones has been on loss of life row in Oklahoma for 19 years for a homicide he had no half in. What are the particulars of the story?
When he was 19 years previous minding his enterprise at house together with his household, a pal of his from faculty pulled up on Paul Howell, a 45-year-old insurance coverage govt who was sitting in the driveway of his mother or father’s house and shot and killed him — and stole the automotive. The one witness in the automotive was Paul Howell’s sister, Megan Toby. The pal took the stolen automotive to Julius’ home and ask if he might spend the evening. Julius didn’t know what was happening however he agreed his pal might keep over. The police arrived wanting for the stolen automotive and suspect. The killer, Julius’ “friend,” instructed the police that Julius had completed it and that he knew the place Julius hid the gun. The police arrested Julius whereas saying racial slurs, — and once they handcuffed him and booked him to come in, the lawyer that he received had by no means completed a loss of life penalty case earlier than. The lawyer later shared that he wasn’t ready for the case and that Julius’s household testify. There have been additionally contradictions in what the eye-witness described as the killer. All that led to Julius being convicted of a criminal offense he didn’t commit.
What can we do to make it easier to and to assist Julius transferring ahead?
I’m so glad you requested me that. Loads of us are simply discovering out about Julius and it’s actually due to the heightened strain of this execution date on November 18th. One in every of the issues that we’d like to do is educate the plenty on Julius. There are two documentaries about him. One was created in 2018 produced by Viola Davis known as “The Last Chance.” That documentary could be discovered on our web site at www.justiceforjuliusjones.com. The second video could be discovered on my Instagram and it exhibits the whole story of Julius Jones. The extra folks come up with his story, the extra energy we have now to change the path of his consequence. The second factor we’d like of us to do is to go to www.justiceforjuliusjones.com and go to www.grassrootslawproject.org. Each of these web sites have petitions and name activation numbers so these can name the district lawyer and governor’s workplace. The governor is the solely one who could make the resolution to reverse and cease the execution of Julius Jones — and he has up to half-hour earlier than the execution to do it.
Now he’s a person of religion and normally meets together with his minister. Are they permitting him to see his religion pastor?
Minister Keith, who I had the pleasure of assembly not too way back, has been Julius’ non secular advisor since he was 16. In the final couple of years, he has been his non secular advisor back-and-forth into the jail. There have been conversations ordered by the warden who’s now saying that they really don’t need minister Keith to come into the jail anymore. He’s in a position to nonetheless go as of now, however the dialog is that main up to loss of life watch, November 18th, they need to change the non secular chief.
What occasion is occurring on October fifteenth in assist of Julius Jones?
If of us are in a position to make it to Oklahoma Metropolis on Friday, we’ll be having a solidarity motion at the website the place we do the prayer vigil — it’s truly throughout the avenue from the Governor’s home. That is as Julius is happening loss of life watch. People additionally name this suicide watch. It’s a mentally violent expertise to go to loss of life watch. So we’re going to be a part of him in solidarity. We’re going to let him know he’s not alone. We’re going to let him know we’re nonetheless combating for him and we’re not succeeding to the execution date on November 18th. We’re combating to be certain the clemency listening to goes the manner it wants to go.
The place is the pal who accused Julius of capturing and killing Paul Howell?
Nice query! He truly testified in opposition to Julius 19 years in the past for a plea deal of 15 years in jail. He has served his time — the final time I checked, he’s now not in jail. The killer sat in the courtroom an harmless man and testified in opposition to him. You could find that data in the documentary and on the web site. He is aware of that is taking place to Julius and it’s been rumored that he has truly come out and mentioned “It wasn’t Julius, it was me,” as a result of he feels unhealthy for what’s taking place to Julius. Sadly, the manner that our “injustice” system is set-up, is that even when the one who did it comes out and says “they did it,” it doesn’t imply you can un-do all the authorized proceedings which have occurred. There’s nonetheless a course of that wants to happen and the alternative for that’s October twenty sixth.