OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An attorney for convicted killer Richard Glossip believes potential new evidence could lead to his client’s innocence. The death row inmate’s legal team addressed a letter to Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater Thursday morning.
Glossip’s attorney, Don Knight, told KFOR that there were problem areas in the case.
Glossip was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of his boss, Barry Van Treese. One employee, Justin Sneed, admitted hitting the motel manager with a bat, but claims Glossip gave him money to kill their boss. Sneed was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole.
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Glossip has been convicted of Van Treese’s murder twice and has avoided death three times.
Glossip has kept its innocence for over 20 years. The case was surrounded by controversy over an alleged lack of evidence based on the word of a licensed murderer.
With the possibility that Oklahoma will resume executions in 2021, Glossip’s attorney is against the clock.
“I’m confident with what I have,” said attorney Don Knight. “I don’t know it’s Mr. Prater. What is the purpose of hiding something at this point? “
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Don Knight claims that Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater has radio silence. On Thursday, Knight addressed a 15-page letter setting out evidence that he believes will help prove Glossip’s innocence.
One piece of evidence revolves around an allegedly failed polygraph test.
In late 2014, Glossip was refused grace. A prosecutor at the hearing referred to an allegedly failed polygraph test that Glossip conducted days after the murder.
Knight writes, “All requests from previous defense attorneys for a copy have been denied.”
“I’d say there’s a pretty big hole,” Knight said. “I think you could say that is a hole, or was there ever a polygraph?”
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Another piece of evidence that Knight points to in the letter is “a videotape that was confiscated by police from a gas station across the street.” However, on the eve of Glossip’s first trial, Knight writes: “A prosecutor’s assistant did not believe it was evidential.”
“What’s on the videotape?” Asked Knight. “I dont know.”
MP Kevin McDugle tabled several bills on the Glossip case during this term, including HB 2219, HB 2220, and HB 1551.
HB 1551 would set up a Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU) where an independent investigator would be hired by the governor or the parole and parole board to investigate the case.
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HB 2219 would allow additional evidence to be released to death row defenders after conviction.
“We should allow any attorney to look at this evidence at any time to see if they’re seeing something that someone else didn’t see,” said McDugle. “Right now, our law doesn’t allow that.”
However, because of Glossip’s dual beliefs, Prater isn’t forced to share anything. KFOR has called Prater and has not yet received an answer. Knight says he didn’t get an answer either.
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“We don’t say to Mr. Prater, ‘You know, gee, let’s go through your files and see if anything would help,'” Knight said. “We are not desperate. We have put together a really compelling case. “
The letter was also sent to Attorney General Mike Hunter. However, its press team tells KFOR that they have no control over the alleged evidence.
The full letter to the Prater is shown below:
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