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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Orders Stay Of Execution For Richard Glossip

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of his boss but claims he was framed by the actual killer (all times are local):

4 p.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin has granted a last-minute stay for an Oklahoma inmate who was set to be executed Wednesday afternoon.

Fallin's stay for Richard Glossip came about an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Glossip's request to halt his execution. In her order, Fallin granted a 37-day stay for Glossip, saying the state needed to determine whether its use of a new drug - potassium acetate - was in compliance.

Fallin reset Glossip's execution for Nov. 6.

Glossip has maintained his innocence in the 1997 beating death of an Oklahoma City motel owner.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Anti-death penalty activists, including members of MoveOn.org and other advocay groups rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in a final attempt to prevent the execution of Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip on September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Legal experts, death penalty opponents, and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have fought tirelessly to prevent the execution of Glossip. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for MoveOn.org)
Sister Helen Prejean, famous for the book "Dead Man Walking" about her work with death row inmates, speaks at Belmont University Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Prejean is the spiritual adviser for Richard Glossip, the Oklahoma inmate who just got a last minute reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kathleen Lord, center, and Don Knight, right, two of Richard Glossip's defense attorneys, look on as Sister Helen Prejean, left, addresses the media outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester Okla., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, after a stay was issued for Glossip. Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where he worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sister Helen Prejean, a death penalty opponent, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Looking on at left is Don Knight, one of the defense attorneys for Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, and his defense team is asking for a stay while they search for evidence in the case. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
From left, Janie Coverdale, who lost two grandchildren in the Oklahoma City bombing, Nancy Norvell and Kathy Wokaty, a sister of death row inmate Richard Glossip, listen during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, and his defense team is asking for a stay while they search for evidence in the case. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Connie Johnson, former Oklahoma state Senator, speaks to a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, daughter of Richard Glossip, and Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, right, Richard Glossip's sister, listen during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, the daughter of death row inmate Richard Glossip, and Don Knight, right, one of his attorneys, wait next to a portrait of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to deliver information to a representative of the governor concerning Glossips's case, in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, and his defense team is asking for a stay while they search for evidence in the case. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Nancy Vollertsen holds a photo of her brother, Greg Wilhoit, who spent five years on Oklahoma's death row before being exonerated, during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, left, a niece of death row inmate Richard Glossip, is pictured following a news conference by his attorneys in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Pictured at center is Ericka Glossip-Hodge, his daughter. Glossip is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, and his defense team is asking for a stay while they search for evidence in the case. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Kim Vanetta, of New York, a friend of Richard Glossip, holds a box of correspondence Glossip has received, during a protest at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. At rear is Glossip's niece, Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Ericka Glossip-Hodge signs the guest book in the Governor's office in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Her father, Richard Glossip, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 16. Glossip's family and supporters rallied at the state Capitol, asking for a 60-day stay. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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3:10 p.m.

About 30 people have gathered in front of the Oklahoma Governor's Mansion to protest the scheduled execution of death row inmate Richard Glossip.

The protesters held signs that read "Don't Kill For Me, Stop Executions" and "Save Richard Glossip." Glossip was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for his role in the 1997 beating death of the man who owned the motel where he worked.

A spokesman for the group, the Rev. Adam Leathers, says death penalty opponents hope Glossip's execution will be halted. Leathers says the state is executing a person with little evidence against him.

ACLU of Oklahoma executive director Ryan Kiesel says he believes Glossip is not guilty of a death-penalty offense. Kiesel says there is no justification for Glossip's execution other than "the politics of convenience."

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2:55 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an Oklahoma death row inmate's request to halt his execution, paving the way for his lethal injection to be carried out at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

In a brief order Wednesday, the court denied Richard Eugene Glossip's petition to have the justices take up his case and stop his scheduled execution.

Glossip has maintained his innocence despite being convicted twice for his role in the 1997 beating death of Barry Van Treese, the owner of an Oklahoma City motel Glossip managed. Glossip's attorneys claim they have new evidence that suggests co-defendant Justin Sneed acted alone. The new evidence includes a signed affidavit from another inmate who said he heard Sneed say he framed Glossip.

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2:25 p.m.

Oklahoma prison officials are delaying a scheduled execution while waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a request to halt the punishment.

Lawyers for Richard Glossip say the death row inmate deserves a hearing on a claim that he is innocent. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the request Tuesday.

Glossip was due to die at 3 p.m. Wednesday, but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says the agency will wait until hearing from the Supreme Court on whether Glossip's execution should move forward.

Glossip was convicted of having a co-worker kill their boss at an Oklahoma City motel in 1997. The motel's owner had found a discrepancy in the motel's books.

Such a delay is not unprecedented. Before Charles Warner was executed in January, Oklahoma prison officials waited about an hour before proceeding while justices considered whether the sedative midazolam was an appropriate drug to use.

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11:35 a.m.

British billionaire Richard Branson took out a full-page ad in The Oklahoman newspaper urging the state to stop the planned execution of an inmate who argues he's innocent.

The Virgin Group founder placed the ad in Wednesday editions, the same day Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed for ordering the 1997 killing of a motel owner in Oklahoma City. The notice is also posted on Branson's blog.

The ad encourages residents to contact Gov. Mary Fallin's office and request a 60-day stay of execution. The ad says there is a "breathtaking" lack of evidence in the case, and that Glossip deserves more time to prove his innocence.

Branson is the latest high-profile person to come out against Glossip's execution. Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon and death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean also have taken up Glossip's cause.

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11:05 a.m.

Oklahoma's attorney general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to not halt Wednesday's execution of an inmate who maintains his innocence in a 1997 killing.

In a court filing, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says justices should not issue a stay for Richard Glossip's execution, which is set for 3 p.m.

Glossip was initially scheduled to be executed Sept. 16. But just hours earlier, he was granted a two-week reprieve by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. The court later declined to hold a hearing in Glossip's case, so he asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

Pruitt says granting another stay to Glossip would be "a travesty of justice."

Glossip's attorneys argued in a brief Wednesday morning that too much doubt exists for Glossip's execution to go forward.

9:30 a.m.

A representative for Pope Francis has asked Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to commute the death sentence of a man set to be executed Wednesday afternoon.

The letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is dated Sept. 19, but was released Wednesday by the governor's office. Vigano, who is Francis' diplomatic representative in the U.S., requested that Fallin commute the death sentence of inmate Richard Glossip.

The letter says a commutation "would give clearer witness to the value and dignity of every person's life."

A spokesman for Fallin says the governor does not have the authority to grant a commutation.

Vigano sent a similar letter Tuesday to officials in Georgia, but that didn't prevent the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner. During the pontiff's visit last week to the U.S., Francis urged Congress to abolish the death penalty.

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12:15 a.m.

A death row inmate's scheduled execution for his role in a 1997 motel killing would be the first in Oklahoma since the nation's highest court upheld the state's three-drug lethal injection formula.

Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, despite his claim of innocence. A request for a stay of execution is pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Glossip was the lead plaintiff in a separate case in which his attorneys argued the sedative midazolam did not adequately render an inmate unconscious before the second and third drugs were administered.

They said that presented a substantial risk of violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. But in June, the justices voted 5-4 that the sedative's use was constitutional.

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