Washington, United States: Despite his unique efforts to seek pardon through a video message to the governor, the state of Texas plans to execute a convicted murderer on Wednesday.
Quintin Jones speaks directly to Governor Greg Abbott in a four-minute video filmed in the prison visiting room and shared online by The New York Times, pleading with the Republican leader to reduce his death sentence to life in prison.
“I killed someone 20 years ago,” said Jones, 41. In 1999, he beat his great-aunt, 83, to death with a baseball bat and then stole $30 from her to buy drugs.
But “I am nothing like that person. I became a man on death row,” he said, before speaking directly to the camera: “If you could find it in your heart, Governor, to grant me clemency, then I can continue to live life to better myself.”
Jones’ friends, including the victim’s sister and actress Sarah Paulson, have created an online petition pushing Abbott to grant him clemency.
As of Wednesday morning, the petition had over 160,000 signatures.
Abbott has failed to reply, despite the fact that he has only given clemency to one death row inmate in the last six years.
Jones’ attorneys have also filed a final appeal with the United States Supreme Court in an attempt to get a stay of execution. They claim he is “intellectually impaired,” making him ineligible for the death penalty.
Jones will be killed by lethal injection at the Huntsville Penitentiary at the end of the day if their attempts fail.
Since President Joe Biden, who opposes death punishment, took office, there have been no executions in the United States.
Since the outbreak, even the most conservative states, such as Texas, have repudiated the practice, with rare exceptions.
Former President Donald Trump’s administration, on the other hand, restarted federal executions in July 2020, after a 17-year break, and carried them out at an unprecedented rate (13 executions) until the end of his term.