Another Oklahoma death row inmate loses final appeal

by Chris Casteel Published: May 5, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final appeal of an Oklahoma death row inmate who was convicted of killing an Oklahoma City motel owner in 1997.

Without comment, the court declined to review the case of Richard Glossip, who received the death penalty for killing Barry Alan Van Treese at the Best Budget Inn.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that Glossip had received “a fundamentally fair trial.”

Typically after a death row inmate exhausts his appeals, the state attorney general requests an execution date.

However, Oklahoma’s execution protocols are currently being reviewed because of problems last week in the execution of Clayton Lockett.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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