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AG Gentner Drummond Orders Independent Counsel To Review Richard Glossip's Conviction, Death Sentence


Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond has announced that he will be directing an independent counsel to look into Richard Glossip's case.

Glossip was sentenced to death for the murder of Barry Van Treese in 1997 in Oklahoma City.

Drummond said he has retained the former prosecutor, Rex Duncan, to review all aspects of the investigation, including the trial, sentencing and appeals process.

“As my office will represent the State at the clemency hearing, it is my responsibility to ensure that we are appropriately responding to all evidence that has been presented through Mr. Glossip’s conviction and incarceration,” Drummond said.

“Circumstances surrounding this case necessitate a thorough review. While I am confident in our judicial system, that does not allow me to ignore evidence. This review helps ensure that justice is served, both to the Van Treese family and the accused.”

Drummond released this statement after speaking with various members of the Van Treese family before he engaged with an independent counsel:

“I always will remain focused on the families of victims, who have suffered unimaginable loss and await justice for their loved ones,” he said.

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