SN 1 | EP 4 | Death Watch
Killing Richard Glossip explores the case of inmate Richard Glossip, who is accused of masterminding a murder he claims he had nothing to do with. Glossip waits on death row as his execution draws nearer, while the confessed murderer, Justin Sneed, waits out his life sentence in a medium security prison. Episode four begins with an investigation of Oklahoma's failure to effectively carry out its last three executions. In April 14, 2014, The Oklahoma Department of Corrections attempted to execute two inmates in one day; Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Lockett, a convicted murderer, would go first. The state would test a controversial new drug, Midazolam, on Lockett. Lockett's attorney, David Autry, who witnessed the execution says, as a result of the low dosage of Midazolam, his client suffered an agonizing 43-minute death. "He was basically being tortured," says Autry. Richard Glossip was on death row that day. He recalls hearing Lockett screaming and Warner shouting that the state wasn't going to do that to him. "It was a really creepy and eerie feeling," he says " and I'd be lying if I said it didn't scare the living hell out of me." We see footage of Glossip's 2014 clemency hearing, which he lost. After the state successfully executed Charles Warner, Glossip was next. . Glossip's first execution, in January 2015, was stayed while lawyers argued before the Supreme Court against the use of Midazolam. After they lost, Glossip was given another date, Septmeber 16th, 2015. Actor Susan Sarandon, author Sister Helen Prejean, and defense lawyer Don Knight, all brought the national spotlight to Glossip's case when they went on Dr. Phil to plead his case to the public. Glossip's lawyer also procured an affidavit from the cellmate of the confessed murderer, which provided potentially exonerating evidence for Glossip. But while the Court of Criminal Appeals reviewed Knight's findings, The Oklahoma County District Attorney, David Prater, placed Knight's witness under arrest. Prater would also disrupt a press conference to accuse Don Knight, waofs just running a, "bull**** PR campaign". After the Court of Criminal Appeals rejected his case, Glossip was scheduled to die on September 30th. Glossip walks us through the events of that day, when he came within hours of death. Prison and state officials were prepared to give him the wrong drug. Meanwhile, outside the prison gates, as the debate was unfolding, Don Knight, Sister Helen Prejean, family members and journalists recall thinking that Glossip was dead. In the latest attempt to prove Glossip's innocence, lawyer Don Knight and director Joe Berlinger re-investigated the state's accusation that Glossip was embezzling money at the time of the murder. They meet with expert forensic accountant Pam Kerr to examine old accounting documents that cast doubt on the veracity of the state's charge. The records suggest that Glossip couldn't have stolen the $6,100 in question because that money didn't exist And furthermore, Kerr calls into question the $4,000 that Glossip and Sneed allegedly split, Reporter Abby Broyles takes viewers through the results of a special grand jury investigation into the botched executions. We learn that three top officials resigned before the report came out. But no state officials were charged with a crime. Richard Glossip continues to fight for his innocence.
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