Baker Mayfield hopes “God can intervene” to save death-row inmate Julius Jones

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield hopes current Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt will exercise his power to save the life of Julius Jones.

Jones, 41, is set to be executed on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. CT.

“Yeah, that is pretty rough to be honest with you,” Mayfield told reporters on Wednesday. “That’s not something that’s easy to talk about. I’ve been trying to get the facts stated and the truth to be told for a while, but it is tough to think about. Tried and tried. It is a shame that it has gotten this far. We are 24 hours away. So, it’s tough. You know, hopefully, God can intervene, and handle it correctly and do the things he needs to do.”

Last season, Mayfield displayed Jones’s name on the back of the quarterback’s helmet.

Jones has spent nearly 20 years on death row for the murder of Paul Howell, who was shot in a carjacking. A clemency petition argues that Jones’s situation arises from a “fundamental breakdowns in the system tasked with deciding” his guilt.

Via CNN, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted on November 1 to recommend clemency for Jones.

On Wednesday, students in Oklahoma City walked out of classes in support of Jones.

Stitt’s office has told pastor that he is in “deep prayer” regarding the situation.

Here’s the simple answer to that prayer. If there’s any doubt whatsoever, Stitt should delay an action that is irreversible.

36 responses to “Baker Mayfield hopes “God can intervene” to save death-row inmate Julius Jones

  1. To Paul Howell’s family, particularly Paul’s daughter…we hear you, we grieve with you and we support you as you seek justice for Paul. His life will not be forsaken.

  2. I’m sure Paul Hollow’s family would take a different view and say the “system” failed Paul Howell. This isn’t is case in mistaken identity or planting evidence is clear who did the crime and OK has the death penalty.

  3. 20 years and no one has been able to establish his non-guilt status? I’m all for clemency when it applies, but 20 years is enough.

  4. Good for Baker to take this on. This kid was convicted because his lawyers were terrible at their job. Witness testimony was a complete joke. The judicial system is broken and in need of a complete overhaul.

  5. “Here’s the simple answer to that prayer. If there’s any doubt whatsoever, Stitt should delay an action that is irreversible.”

    The legal term is “reasonable doubt” not any doubt whatever. Since nothing, even our very existence, can be proven beyond “any doubt whatsoever”, then no criminal would ever be convicted, not even Charles Manson. So, the legal term is “reasonable doubt” and Julius Jones was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt.

  6. Awful. I wish old cases like this were all viewed with a modern lens. This guy could be completely innocent and his life is on the line

  7. I agree, if there’s any doubt, stop it. But on the flip side, if he’s guilty and people are just being sympathetic because his time has finally come, don’t forget about the life he stole, just to steal a vehicle.

  8. I am not a Baker Mayfield fan. I do not have a particular knowledge or position on this Jones case.


    I very much align with the sentiment expressed by Mayfield. God can intervene and handle it. God bless.

  9. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.

    Paul Howell wasn’t given a shot at clemency, and neither should Julius Jones.

  10. Did they do anything for the victims !!! It’s bad to here of someone’s execution but they seem to have more rights then the victims

  11. Does anyone understand the evidence in this case? Has all of the SJWs even looked at it? Between witnesses and DNA evidence it overwhelmingly proves that Jones did it. Probably the same people that watched the one sided “documentary” on Netflix about Steven Avery and took that at face value.

  12. I agree that if there is any doubt at all there should be a delay in the action that is irreversable. What have they been doing for 20 Years ? Any doubt should have been resolved by now, that is the purpose of the appeals and waiting for 20 years.

  13. I don’t know enough about this case to really make a judgment.

    but I do support capital punishment for a very select group of crimes, and ONLY with irrefutable, undeniable, Concrete evidence- clear video, DNA, ETC.

  14. To support capital punishment, you have to believe in the infallibility of the criminal justice system. Does anyone?

  15. Murdering someone is a terrible thing. Allowing our government to murder a second one is far worse, especially when that person may not even be guilty or have a lousy public defender who can’t do a decent job of defending him.

  16. I appreciate Baker’s faith but we need to trust the science on this one. DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony that have been fortified after decades of appeals makes it clear this is a guilty man. Hopefully the attention this case gets can discourage a young man in a similar situation from making such a horrendous life altering decision.

  17. He’ll talk about anything except why he can’t get us more than 1 or 2 TD’s a game and why he couldn’t get the ball to OBJ.

  18. Millions of Americans don’t trust the government to deliver mail, but when it comes to assessing the guilt or innocence of citizens to a level of certainty that can involve *execution*, the same people are like “yup, I support this.”

  19. I live in OK. I’ve read the case details at length. The only evidence suggesting Jones is innocent are Jones’ claims that he is. There’s significant and damning evidence suggesting guilt. For the death penalty opponents, unfortunately the choice here is clemency to life with chance at parole. Jones is likely to win parole, and be set free at some point…an outcome that’s intolerable to many. The biggest risk of miscarriage of justice in this case is with Paul Howell’s family.

  20. If there is doubt that this man is guilty, then there should be a delay and an investigation into the reasons for that doubt.

  21. It is my humble opinion in cases where capital punishment is warranted, such as murdering a man in cold blood in front of his sister and young daughters, the victims family should have a strong say in the matter. In this particular case Paul’s family does very much desire that Paul’s murderer go and meet his maker. Numerous courts have reviewed the the case and the facts are indisputable. Let the family have Justice for Paul so they can begin to heal.

  22. I knew nothing about this case as of this morning. Even so, my reaction when I scanned the headline was, “Fry him. Get justice for the victim’s family.”
    That response bothered me so I did an hour of reading about the case. Obviously, an hour of research didn’t afford me the ability to conclude he was definitely guilty, or innocent, but MAN, he was not given a fair trial! Incompetent attorneys, racism, evidence never presented to the court. . . it was bad!
    I am pro-capital punishment. I am all for victims’ rights. But this case needs to be revisited in the sunlight. They could very well be executing an innocent man here.

  23. If he wasn’t given a fair trial he should have one. Just because he wasn’t given a fair trial doesn’t mean he is innocent.

  24. Not BuyingIt says:
    November 17, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    This is a State issue.

    Let them, without pressure, make their decisions.

    Will you accept the same punishment if you are unlawfully accused of a crime you didn’t commit? I’m not saying Jones is innocent or guilty- just talking about the system. Some cases are prosecuted well. Other are prosecuted terribly. You wouldn’t mind being a victim of that system just in case one of the terribly prosecuted times ended up being on a time when you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

    As for it being a State issue. Do you know who the State is? It’s US. We are the State.

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