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New Evidence Emerges in Death Row Prisoner Richard Glossip Case

HeadlineSep 25, 2015

New evidence has emerged in the case against death row prisoner Richard Glossip, who narrowly avoided execution last week after he was granted a last-minute stay only hours before he was slated to die. In 1997, Glossip was working as a manager at the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City when his boss, Barry Van Treese, was murdered. A maintenance worker, Justin Sneed, admitted he beat Van Treese to death with a baseball bat, but claimed Glossip offered him money and job opportunities for the killing. The case rested almost solely on Sneed’s claims. No physical evidence ever tied Glossip to the crime. This week, one of Sneed’s former cellmates, Joseph Tapley, came forward, saying that Sneed had framed Glossip to avoid the death penalty. This comes after Michael Scott, who had also spent time with Sneed in prison, came forward in August saying it was “common knowledge that Justin Sneed lied and sold Richard Glossip up the river.” Glossip’s new execution date is September 30.

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