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Oklahoma Lawmaker Pledges To Fight to Abolish Death Penalty If Inmate Is Put To Death


A report by a Houston law firm looking into the conviction of  Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip prompts a self-described death-penalty supporter to promise to fight to abolish the death penalty in Oklahoma. Representative Kevin McDugle said Wednesday he believes in the death penalty but will fight to abolish it in Oklahoma if Glossip is put to death.

An investigation, that was sought by a group of Oklahoma state lawmakers, led by McDugle, concluded that investigators found evidence that could have exonerated Glossip was destroyed and a detective in the case had a bias against Glossip. He was convicted of planning the murder of Barry Van Treese, the owner of the motel where Glossip worked.

McDugle says that the report by law firm Reed Smith of Houston proves that Glossip is innocent. Glossip has maintained his innocence for the 25 years he has been on death row.

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