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Death row inmate Julius Jones calls in to meeting discussing his claims of innocence

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Julius Jones (KTUL photo)

For half of his life, Julius Jones has lived with the knowledge that at some point, his life would end at the state's hands.

He was convicted of robbing and murdering an Edmond businessman, but he and his supporters have claimed he is innocent since the beginning.

On Friday, he called in to a group meeting discussing the efforts to get him off death row.

"I've come to know at least 23 people that have been executed. It kind of makes you want to not get to know people because it hurts," Jones said.

Jones has a team of people, including family, friends, and attorneys, looking to prove his innocence. But things have become much more urgent in recent days.

"The announcement last week that Oklahoma is going to resume executions is troubling. We are concerned for Julius as well as the other prisoners on death row," said Dale Baich, an attorney representing Jones.

Baich has firsthand experience that tells him the death penalty should not be taken lightly.

"I've witnessed 13 executions. 12 by lethal injection, and one by the electric chair. It's a very sobering and life changing experience. What people should remember is that the person laying on that gurney is a human being," Baich said.

That news of executions resuming is weighing on Jones.

"It's sad. It's sad," said Jones. "I don't think we should be killing people. It's a bit disturbing and frustrating."

Jones' attorneys have filed for clemency in a last effort to present his case of innocence.

"It's been very emotional, but we're hopeful that the governor and the pardon and parole board will give him time commuted, and he'll be released," said Jones' sister, Antoinette.

Jones' attorneys have also filed in court the argument that the state's execution procedure is not transparent or complete, despite the state's claims.

So far, more than 170,000 people have signed a petition calling for Jones' release.

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