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Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, daughter of Richard Glossip, and Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, right, Richard Glossip's sister, listen during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, daughter of Richard Glossip, and Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, right, Richard Glossip's sister, listen during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
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This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Richard Glossip. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)
This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Richard Glossip. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

1 p.m. Update: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Richard Glossip a two-week stay of execution.


Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip at 3 p.m. Central time today, despite new evidence that suggests he may be innocent.

Glossip was convicted in the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, based on testimony from Justin Sneed, who claimed Glossip hired him for the murder. Sneed was a convicted murder who struck a plea bargain to avoid execution himself.

Some argue that Sneed's testimony was false, and Glossip's lawyer says he has new evidence that supports Glossip's innocence.

There are also questions about the lethal injection drug midazolam that will be used to kill Richard Glossip. Glossip was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Oklahoma's use of the drug. The Supreme Court affirmed 5-4 Oklahoma's right to used this drug in a lethal injection mixture.

Legal analyst Andrew Cohen of The Marshall Project, discusses the Richard Glossip case with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti.

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  • Andrew Cohen, legal expert and commentary editor at The Marshall Project, an online journalism organization focusing on criminal justice issues. He tweets at @JustADCohen.

This segment aired on September 16, 2015.

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