Julius Jones case timeline
July 28, 1999: Edmond insurance executive Paul Scott Howell, 45, is fatally shot outside his parents' home in front of his sister and his daughters, ages 7 and 9. His SUV is stolen.
July 30, 1999: Christopher Jordan — accused of driving the gunman to the crime scene — is jailed. He is 20.
July 31, 1999: Former John Marshall High School athlete and scholar student Julius Darius Jones, 19, is arrested. The murder weapon is found in his parents' home.
Aug. 2, 1999: Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy says he will seek the death penalty for Jones.
2001: Jordan pleads guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence and agrees to testify against Jones.
2002: Jordan tells jurors at Jones' trial, "I didn't do anything. Julius did it."
Jones is convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Defense attorney David McKenzie said afterward, "In a death penalty case of a Black man accused of killing a rich white guy, I don't think there is any possible way you could have gotten a fair trial in Oklahoma County."
2014: Jordan is released from prison.
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2018: The documentary series, "The Last Defense," airs on ABC. The program explores questions about Jones' guilt and represents his trial as fraught with errors and racial bias. Hundreds march at the state Capitol in protest and chant for him to be freed.
October 2018: A forensics lab in Virginia reports that DNA from a stain on a red bandanna worn by Howell’s killer matches Jones' DNA, with the probability of the result belonging to someone else at 1 in 110 million in the U.S. African-American population. Jones' defense team had paid for the DNA test in hopes it would exonerate him.
2019: Celebrity Kim Kardashian expresses support for Jones.
2020: Athletes Baker Mayfield, Russell Westbrook, Trae Young, Blake Griffin and Dak Prescott urge Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute Jones' sentence. U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn says, “I stand with Oklahoma City community leaders and advocates nationwide in calling on our governor to consider Julius Jones’ petition for clemency."