Inside Kim Kardashian's battle to save death row inmates from execution – as star pleads for Julius Jones' life

REALITY star Kim Kardashian continues to plead for Julius Jones' life just days before his scheduled execution.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also battled to save the life of former inmate Brandon Bernard and continues to fight for the rapper C-Murder as she campaigns for prison reform.


Julius Jones, a 40-year-old prisoner who was sentenced to death in 2002, is scheduled to be executed on November 18.

Jones was a 19-year-old student at the University of Oklahoma when he was considered as the prime suspect in the killing of 45-year-old businessman Paul Howell.

He was on the verge of gaining a basketball scholarship when he was arrested and charged with Howell's murder in August 1999, according to OU Daily.

In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death at just 22 years old. He has spent decades, proclaiming his innocence.

Kardashian is one of Jones’ most ardent campaigners as she fights to transform the justice system.

She tweeted Monday: “I want to give u all an update on Julius Jones. We are all anxiously awaiting a decision from Governor (Kevin) Stitt."

She added: “Julius is being closely monitored by staff – every meal he has and every liquid he consumes is logged. His personal property has been cataloged and he has designated who is to receive it after he is put to death.”

The reality TV star told her tens of millions of Twitter followers that Jones would have his last meal at 9pm on the day before his scheduled execution.

He will then be monitored by staff every 15 minutes for the last four hours of his life, according to Kardashian.

She said: “This is the cold machinery of the Death Penalty in America.”

Kim’s intervention came as Jones’ mom Madeline Davis-Jones urged the Oklahoma governor to call off his execution.

Jones is just the latest death row inmate that Kardashian has campaigned for.

The socialite shared her distress in December 2020 after 40-year-old inmate Brandon Bernard was executed.

Bernard was put on death row after being convicted of murdering two youth missionaries Stacie and Todd Bagley in 1999.

In June 1999, the couple went to a convenience store to meet friends where they were met by a group of teens.

Bernard, who was only 18 at the time of the crime, bought the lighter fluid used to torch their bodies. He and four others were convicted for the killings.

Before being sentenced to death, he told the victims' families: "I'm sorry. That’s the only words that I can say that completely capture how I feel now and how I felt that day."

Bernard's execution was the first carried out during the period between an election and an inauguration in more than a century.

Our system is so f**ked up.

Kardashian mourned Brandon’s death in a series of tweets, saying: “This just has to change. Our system is so f**ked up.

“I’m so messed up right now. They killed Brandon. He was such a reformed person. So hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly, he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused others.”

The reality TV star issued a desperate plea to former President Donald Trump as she asked the outgoing commander-in-chief to intervene and save his life.

Kardashian described the final conversation with Bernard as the "hardest call" she ever had to make.

At one point, she said she muted the call because she didn't want him to hear her "cry like that" after he said not to because "our fight is not over."

She said: "We didn't say goodbye because we wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again, we said talk to you soon!"

Kardashian continues to fight for rapper Corey Miller, also known as C-Murder, who was convicted of murdering a fan in 2002.

Miller – brother of rap star Master P – was convicted of murder by a jury 10-2 in the early 2000s after Steve Thomas was found shot dead in New Orleans.

The rapper has always maintained his innocence.

KIM 'AT WAR'

Kim, who is “at war” with America’s mass incarceration problem, has vowed to get “true justice” for the victim and Miller.

She added: "True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller [be] returned home to his kids."

The businesswoman turned lawyer hit out at the decision to execute Nathaniel Woods in March 2020.

Woods was put to death by lethal injection for his alleged role in the murder of three cops.

Officers Carlos Owen, Harley A Chisholm, and Charles R Bennett died while trying to serve a domestic assault warrant on Woods at a suspected drug house in Birmingham, Alabama in 2004.

Kardashian slammed the execution as a “tragic example of injustice in the system”.

Woods had no last words as he prepared to be put to death but appeared to arrange his hands in a sign of his Islamic faith.

Human rights advocate Martin Luther King III and Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also shared their fury.

Kim used her social media profile as she raised Kevin Cooper’s case up the agenda in June 2019.

She tweeted a picture of herself with her arm around Cooper – who is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California for the murders of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica and neighbor Chris Hughes.

Cooper reiterated his innocence as he wrote a series of letters while behind bars as he slammed the justice system.

VITAL ROLE

She tweeted: “I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper at San Quentin's death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted."

Kardashian played an influential role as she ensured Alice Johnson was freed from prison in 2018.

Johnson, a grandmother, was jailed for 21 years for a non-violent drug offense.

She was released after Kardashian successfully petitioned directly to President Trump.

Kim told Vogue in 2019: “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency, and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, s***. I need to know more.

"I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair.

"But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case."

Kim continued: “It’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society.

"I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”

Johnson said: "She (Kim) went to war for me to fight for my freedom. That's why I call her my 'war angel' because nothing stood between her and my freedom."

She helped model Kardashian’s SKIMS Shapewear line and the reality TV star is studying as she prepares for her bar exams in 2022.



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