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Julius Jones' supporters in Oklahoma celebrate decision to move his commutation request forward

Applause and shouts of joy arose on Monday as people gathered at a prayer vigil learned that Julius Jones' commutation request had been moved to the next phase.

The vigil had been underway for about 35 minutes outside the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board office, 2915 N Classen, before Jones' supporters learned that the board had voted to move his request to the next phase of the commutation process.

"This journey is not over but oh, our hearts are happy!" the Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, leader of Black Lives Matter-Oklahoma City, said as people cheered and hugged one another.

Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper used a phrase made famous by the late civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis to encourage the crowd of about 30 people to continue supporting Jones.

"Y'all have been getting into good trouble a little bit now and I'm so proud of y'all," he said. "Welcome to a day for all of our hearts to never forget. You must never forget your power."

Jones, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2002 for the 1999 killing of Paul Howell, an Edmond businessman. Jones applied to the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board for clemency in 2019.

He has maintained his innocence and a groundswell of support for him has emerged over the last several years, both in Oklahoma and nationwide. Faith leaders around the state and from other parts of the country, entertainment arena and high-profile athletes have spoken out or sent letters urging state leaders to grant him clemency.

Several members of the Justice for Julius Coalition also spoke to those gathered on Monday.

The Rev. Larry Crudup, senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where Jones' mother Madeline Davis-Jones is a ministry leader, also encouraged the group. He acknowledged that there are more steps on the path toward Jones' commutation, but he said the board's vote on Monday was a good first step.

"Julius is counting on us to speak out, ... to raise holy hell. We've got to continue to speak truth to power," Crudup said. "The promised land is justice."

The Rev. Jonathan Martin, pastor of The Table, said he felt overwhelming relief about the board's vote.

"Even though we know we have such a long way to go, we have such a sigh of relief today," he said.

Francie Ekwerekwu, a local public defender, said she has been supporting Jones in his quest for clemency for about two years.

"It's been a long road, so today, getting this affirmation that we've known all along, is just exciting. I'm ecstatic. Today feels like a good first step," she said.

Meanwhile, Dickerson said someone recently asked her if she could imagine how Howell's family feels as Jones' supporters seek his clemency.

She said Howell's family deserves justice as well as Jones.

"For the family that may be feeling a little tender right now, we say we're going to demand justice for you. We're seeking justice for you," Dickerson said. "You deserve to know who took your family member. This is part of compassion and this is part of justice, but it has to be right justice. It has to be accurate justice."

As people began walking away, Quese Imc, a member of the Pawnee-Seminole tribe, beat on a drum as he gathered with a small group for a prayer ritual.

"We gathered in the sweat lodge last night and one of our prayers was that we would get the three votes he needed today. So we're giving thanks to the ancestors for answering prayer," he said.

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<strong>Julius Jones supporter Kaytlyn Gasper reacts to the vote of the Pardon and Parole Board during a prayer vigil for Julius Jones on Monday at the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board office in Oklahoma City. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Julius Jones supporter Kaytlyn Gasper reacts to the vote of the Pardon and Parole Board during a prayer vigil for Julius Jones on Monday at the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board office in Oklahoma City. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Christine Byrd, right, after a press conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 8, 2021 after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to seek further review of Jones' case. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-12d231654e54c4e5f616b3df7a2f09f2.jpg" alt="Photo - Antoinette Jones, sister of Julius Jones, speaks with supporters after a press conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 8, 2021 after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to seek further review of Jones' case. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Antoinette Jones, sister of Julius Jones, speaks with supporters after a press conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, March 8, 2021 after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to seek further review of Jones' case. 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