Oklahoma death row inmate requests second clemency hearing
Jeffrey David Matthews, who is scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday, has requested a last-minute clemency hearing in from of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. The board denied clemency for Matthews once and a second review is considered unprecedented.
To call a special meeting, the board would have to give notice of such a meeting by Friday, because Oklahoma law requires 48 business hours of notification.
An emergency meeting could be called closer to the Tuesday's scheduled execution.
Matthews maintains he is not guilty
In a letter written to The Oklahoman last month, Matthews maintained his innocence.
"The real truth is that there is not one shred of evidence to place me at the crime scene; not DNA, not fingerprints, not gun residue, (for which I was tested) not fiber evidence, and not voice recognition. NOTHING," he wrote.
The prosecution has laid out its case on several occasions. Its case includes the following evidence:
• Matthews was identified by an accomplice as the one who shot Otis short.
• A bottle of Xanax, $500 cash and a .32-caliber pistol were taken during the robbery. When Matthews was arrested, authorities found a bottle of Xanax and three $100 bills in his freezer.
• A man testified he loaned Matthews a loaded .45-caliber pistol just hours before the murder.
• The Shorts' .32-caliber pistol and a .45-caliber pistol were found buried behind Matthews' house five months after the murder. Ballistics tests confirmed a bullet fragment recovered from Short's body was fired from that .45-caliber pistol.
Branham wrote in his letter to the parole board that several family members of the Shorts are appalled that Matthews has twice been granted a stay of execution.
Branham wrote: "These family members are certain that the only way to hold Matthews responsible for his murderous actions is death by lethal injection."
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