An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.  - Gandhi

Help Julius Jones, now on Oklahoma’s death row, get a new trial

Julius Darius Jones has maintained his innocence since his arrest in 1999.

ACTION ALERT:  In 1999, Julius Darius Jones, an African American 19-year-old former high school basketball state champion and star football player on academic scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, was arrested days after a businessman was shot to death in Edmond, OK.

Today, his current attorneys believe Jones was wrongfully convicted and now have new evidence that they hope will cause the State to grant Jones a new trial. Jones has consistently maintained his innocence.

ABC has produced a docu-series, “The Last Defense,” featuring three episodes examining Jones’ case. The Last Defense can be watched online.

UPDATE: OK-CADP now requests that everyone write the persons listed below to ask that Julius Jones’ case files be released.  Attorneys for Jones have repeatedly sought disclosure of his case files since January 2017.   Now NAACP Oklahoma has joined the attorneys in this action. Click here for more information.

Please write, call and/or email the following state officials with your comments in support of Julius:

Gov. Kevin Stitt
The Office of Governor Kevin Stitt
Oklahoma State Capitol 
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-2342 (form to email Gov. Stitt)

Mike Hunter, OK Attorney General

Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General
313 NE 21st St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-3921 OKC
918-581-2885 Tulsa

David Prater, OK County District Attorney
Oklahoma County Courthouse
320 Robert S Kerr Avenue, 5th Floor
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405-713-1600 / 405-229-3743

Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board
  (5 members)
Adam Luck
2915 N. Classen, Suite 405,
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
405-521-6600 press 0

The other Pardon & Parole Board Members are:
Kelly Doyle
Robert Gilliland, J.D.
The Honorable C. Allen McCall, J.D.
Larry Morris
(A separate letter can be sent to each of the Pardon & Parole Board members at the same address).

Julius Jones Sample Letter:
(Personalize this letter if possible. Use this template as an email or to leave a voicemail as well).


Dear Gov. Stitt,
Dear Mr. Hunter,
Dear Mr. Prater,
Dear ___, Pardon & Parole Board member,

I strongly feel that Julius Darius Jones (# 270147) was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2002. A crime for which he has always maintained his innocence.

Jones, a black 19 year old man, was arrested in 1999 for shooting white insurance executive Paul Scott Howell in Edmond, Oklahoma. At the time of his arrest, Julius was a successful athlete and honor student on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.

Recently, new evidence of racial bias in the Jones’ case has been uncovered by the ABC documentary, “The Last Defense.”

One day after the documentary finale aired (7-25-18), the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals released a document indicating they could take a look at the Jones’ case.

There are many factors that were overlooked and never presented during the Julius Jones trial.
1. Jones’ attorney during the trial was inexperienced by his own admission and this was his first death penalty case.
2. Several key pieces of evidence were never presented to the jury.
3. Tunnel vision set in and the police and prosecutor ignored evidence pointing to others as the shooter.
4. The court ignored an alleged racial statement made by one of the jurors
5. The jury judged Jones based on his race.

After viewing the recent ABC documentary, “The Last Defense,” I am even more convinced than ever of Julius’ innocence and that he should be given a new trial.  I also ask that District Attorney David Prater release Julius Jones’ case files to his attorneys in order to promote public trust in both the criminal justice system and in Julius Jones’s case.

We all have all heard the phrase ‘beyond a shadow of doubt.’ To me, there is more than a shadow of doubt in this case.

Please, I ask that you do whatever is within your power to see that this injustice – the wrongful conviction of Julius Jones – can be overturned.

Thank you,
(Email or phone optional)

To send Julius a note, write to:
Julius D. Jones
# 270147
PO Box 97
McAlester OK 74502
To make sure the letter reaches Julius, you must include a full return address (including full name) on the envelope.

For more information, visit the Justice for Julius Jones website.

NOTE:  Anyone with information about who shot & killed Paul Howell in Edmond, #Oklahoma in July, 1999, contact or DM  @justice4julius @lastdefenseabc.

Thank you for your support.


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