Supreme Court won’t review 2 Oklahoma death row cases

Defense says race influences sentencing
Supreme Court won’t review 2 Oklahoma death row cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the cases of two Oklahoma death row inmates.

Attorneys for Julius Jones and Tremane Wood argue people of color are more likely to be sentenced to death in Oklahoma when the victim is white. They cite a 2017 study.

Jones and Wood were sentenced to death for murders in separate cases.

Jones was convicted of killing Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking and Wood was convicted of killing Ronald Wimpf during a robbery. Both victims were white. Jones is black and Wood is biracial.