Julius Jones


Sage Sherburne, Herald Writer

In 3 days a wrongfully convicted BLACK man named Julius Jones will be sentenced to death. In 1999, Paul Howell was killed in his parents drive away while getting out after taking his daughter and sister getting school supplies. In fact Julius said he was not there. And maybe this is the black in me, but I do believe him. Was race involved in the accusation? On the 18th of November once he’s put to death will he be exonerated?Will Rachel and the family regret what happened?


Black people or African Americans make up more than half of the world. And most of the time when people accuse black men, they apparently mistake them for each other. Cause like everyone knows, all black people look the same. But that’s not true, is it? Governor Kevin Stitt has the final decision, and I just signed the petition. Right here. https://www.change.org/p/julius-jones-is-innocent-don-t-let-him-be-executed-by-the-state-of-oklahoma/d?source_location=combo_psf


To make a change, and hopefully. And nearly 5 millions. People believe he did no wrong, and signed the petition. And even big name celebrities and athletes like Candace Patten, who plays Iris on the flash, and Kim Kardashian of Keeping up with the Kardashians and so many more. He spent half of his life in prison. So that begs the question, did Julius Jones do it? Or is he just like all  the million of black men out there who could have done it. Or was he just in the wrong time at the wrong place?


Rachel Howell, a witness stated, that he was wearing a red bandana over his face. So did she see his face? Or not. He had a white shirt, which millions of people have white shirts. And a silver gun, which millions of people can literally go to a gun store with a fake ID or a parents ID and buy a gun.Because of the second amendment people can carry guns, and keep them in their house for “protection”. Rachel is so convinced that Mr. Jones did it, when millions disagree. This hasn’t been the first time a black person was accused of a crime he didn’t commit because he may have been at the same place at the same time. She literally has no evidence that Mr. Jones was there to escape physical appearance.. Except for memories, this happened 22 years ago. She was 9 at the time and maybe around her 40s or 30s and people usually have a hard time remembering when they were little because it happened a long time ago. But of course you’ll remember the day your father died. and she is still consumed with grief over this, she won’t see reason. She says she was disappointed in the celebrities for signing the petition. But in my opinion, if Governor Kevin Stitt does not reverse this, an innocent man dies. Then in the next two or three years the guy who really did it would come forward. It happened to the Central park 5, now known as the exonerated 5. They spent years in prison and then the real guy who raped and hurt the girl was already in jail and caught and still in there.


Mr. Jones should only get life in prison with a chance of parole. At a clemency hearing he pleaded his innocence. But the Howell family doesn’t believe him, and is insisting he did it. They’re even doing a DNA test on key pieces of evidence. As a last chance of defense to exonerate him before they kill him. They did the exact same thing for OJ simpson. And he was let go and dropped of all charges for killing his wife. And people still don’t know if he did it or not? But their line of defense was race. And their line of defense is innocence. I hate the death penalty. People get killed all the time. Kyle Rittenhouse killed two guys and injured one and they haven’t decided what they’re doing yet. But he is jailed. And Julius is put on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And Mr. Rittenhouse was jailed for a crime he definitely committed. How is that fair? When deciding the fate of people there should be no bias and everyone should get the same fate. If you can just choose who goes to death row and who doesn’t. Then that really tells you a lot about the justice system. The justice system has always been out against black people. And tend to favor white people more. Just look at all the police officers who were let go and and all th eblack people who are dead and forgotten and got no justice. “Injustice is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King jr. once said that, and he’s right. If we want true change, we must go into the court and trials with a clear mind and no biased opinions. 


I get Rachel Howell’s dad was great and loved her and it was unfair that he died. But it’s also unfair to make another family suffer for a crime he probably didn’t even commit. This classic eye for an eye. Excpt its life for an innocent life.


“I don’t fancy colors of the face, I’m always attracted to colors of the brain.”

Michael Bassey Johnson