Capitol Beat OK

State Representative Justin Humphrey of Lane to Discuss New Glossip case Evidence

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State Representative Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, has informed state Capitol reporters he and attorney Don Knight will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, September 21) to discuss new evidence in the case of death row inmate Richard Glossip.

“This evidence is very alarming, and we asking for a stay of execution and for the courts to consider this new information,” said Humphrey, chair of the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.

Humphrey and state Representative Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, have led a large bipartisan group of Oklahoma legislators seeking a new judicial proceeding for Glossip.

Last month, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt granted a 60-day stay of execution, to allow the Oklahoma Court of Appeals to complete the review of a petition for a new hearing in the Glossip case.

Glossip has had a stay of execution or reprieve four times. He has previously been served his last meal three separate times, and in one instance was moments away from being put to death before his execution was again put off, that time due to the State procuring the wrong drug for the lethal injection.

Glossip was sentenced to death for the 1997 killing of south Oklahoma City inn-keeper Barry Van Treese. He has consistently insisted on his innocence in the case. As the years have passed, thoughts about the aptness of the conviction and sentence have increased.


Note: Justin Humphrey serves District 19 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes parts of Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw and Pushmataha counties. Patrick B. McGuigan — publisher, founder and editor of — has written frequent news stories and commentaries on the case since 2015. McGuigan contributed to this report, which originated as a press release from Rep. Humphrey.