Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is still alive, despite a premature report to the contrary.
On Wednesday evening, Newsweek published a story headlined: “On Third Attempt, Oklahoma Executes Richard Glossip” that said the 52-year-old prisoner had been killed by lethal injection. The bulk of the story contained details that had been reported earlier that day: Glossip’s last meal, his appeal history and a rejected Supreme Court plea to spare his life.
“Due to an editing error, we inadvertently published that Glossip had been executed,” Grant Burningham, homepage editor at Newsweek, said in an email. “It was up for a few minutes but long enough to be made public. We’ve updated the story and added a correction, acknowledging our error.”
Earlier this evening, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued a last-minute stay of execution in Glossip’s case to determine whether the drug being used to put him to death fits with execution protocol. Fallin’s order represents the third time Glossip’s execution has been put off.