As Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addressed the media following Wednesday’s observe, his thoughts was removed from the soccer area and on a way more critical situation.
Mayfield mentioned the pending destiny of Oklahoma death-row inmate Julius Jones, who Mayfield has publicly advocated for his exoneration and innocence. Jones, 41, has been on demise row for 20 years after being sentenced for the 1999 murder of Paul Howell, who was shot in a carjacking. Jones has maintained his innocence all through his incarceration, although is ready to be executed on Thursday at 4 p.m. CT.
“It is fairly tough, to be sincere with you,” Mayfield stated when requested in regards to the state of affairs. “That is not one thing that is straightforward to speak about. We have been making an attempt to get the details said, and the reality to be instructed for some time, however it’s robust to consider.
“We have tried and tried. It is a disgrace that it is gotten this far, we’re 24 hours away,” Mayfield stated. “So, it is robust.”
Jones has asserted that his co-defendant, Christopher Jordan—who accepted a plea deal as a getaway driver and has since been launched—was the actual shooter, and framed Jones for the crime. Different points of the trial have reportedly come beneath query, together with juror choice and alleged misconduct by the district lawyer on the time.
Final season, Mayfield wore a helmet sticker with Jones’s title on it. The Browns quarterback joined a refrain of household, pals and anxious residents all through Oklahoma to talk out in assist of Jones.
“Hopefully, God can intervene and deal with it appropriately, and do the issues He must do,” Mayfield stated earlier than ending the media session.
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