- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state board voted unanimously on Friday not to recommend sparing the life of a former Oklahoma City motel manager who is scheduled to die for the 1997 beating death of the motel’s owner.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted against recommending the governor grant clemency for 51-year-old Richard Glossip, who spoke to the board via a video link from death row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Glossip was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Barry Alan Van Treese of Lawton at a west Oklahoma City motel. A co-defendant confessed to beating Van Treese, but said he did so at Glossip’s direction.

Glossip has maintained his innocence and his attorneys argue that he’s been a model prisoner for 17 years.

“There’s no question that my client never killed anybody,” said Glossip’s attorney, Mark Henricksen. “He’s been a good prisoner, and his life has value. That’s why we’re asking for clemency.”

Glossip had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution dates of Glossip and two other death row inmates after the state said it needed more time to secure the necessary drugs and train the execution team on new protocols.

The court reset Glossip’s execution date for Jan. 29. Charles Warner’s execution was set for Jan. 15, and John Marion Grant’s execution was moved to Feb. 9.

Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since the April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned on the gurney before being declared dead 43 minutes after the procedure began. His problematic execution prompted state officials to renovate the death chamber, install new medical equipment and develop new execution protocols.

Glossip is among 21 death row inmates who have sued the state seeking to block their executions, arguing that by tinkering with the lethal injection chemicals, the state is experimenting on death row inmates and violating the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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