While I have tremendous sympathy for the family and friends of Otis Earl Short, and am mindful of the pain and grief that they have experienced, I believe capital punishment only perpetuates a harmful cycle of violence.
When Matthews was tried in 1995, Tracy Dyer, whose fingerprints were found at the crime scene, testified against him, and the jury voted that Matthews be sentenced to death. In 1998, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a new trial because of an error in relation to the admission of evidence. Within a year of the original trial Dyer retracted his testimony and asserted that Matthews had not been involved in the murder or burglary at all. He admitted to partaking in the robbery, and that his accomplice shot Earl Short.
Dyer admitted to testifying in order to be transferred out of the prison he was being held in and to avoid a death sentence. In the 1999 retrial, Dyer testified that he had lied but despite that testimony, the jury convicted Jeffrey Matthews and sentenced him to death.
Jeffrey Matthews was scheduled to be executed on June 17, 2010 and the day before the execution, he was granted a stay by your office until July 20, 2010 in order to review the evidence. Please extend this reprieve and do everything in your power to get the Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider its prior vote. While I am sympathetic to the pain and suffering caused by this terrible crime, I feel that executing Jeffrey Matthews would be unfair and unjust.
Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter. 2 weeks to doomEXECUTION rescheduled Gov. Brad Henry has delayed the execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate so officials can review evidence in his case. A July 20 execution date has been set for Jeffrey David Matthews, who was scheduled to be executed today for a 1994 McClain County murder conviction. Late Monday, defense attorneys requested a delay to examine fingerprint evidence related to the case. Henry, who is out of the state on vacation, agreed to grant a brief stay and the execution has been rescheduled. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins signed paperwork Wednesday granting the stay.
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