Howell’s family members and state attorneys said Jones’ supporters have been misled and lied to, adding that courts have reviewed the matter and that the evidence of his guilt is overwhelming.

On July 28, 1999, Julius Jones decided money for a Suburban was more important than Paul Howell’s life, said Jennifer Crabb, an assistant attorney general.

The testimony of Christopher Jordan, who testified against Jones, “was so well corroborated a conviction could be had without it,” Crabb said.

She said the very claims the Pardon and Parole Board was being asked to consider were denied by courts.

Crabb said Jones was a habitual thief who had misconducts while he was on death row and is also a gang member.

During his time in prison, he has sent friends and family members more than $18,000, she said.

“This isn’t about race,” said Rachel Howell, the victim’s daughter. “A man murdered another man in front of his sister and two daughters.”

Brian Howell, one of Paul Howell’s older brothers, said after the decision that the family is not surprised by the vote given the board’s prior behavior and recommendation at the earlier commutation hearing.

He said some board members were pushing their anti-death penalty agenda, and he urged people to try to imagine having to go before a board that acts as judge and jury rather than following their mission statement.

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