In Oklahoma, a man convicted of murder managed to avoid the death penalty due to the fact that the governor of the state Kevin Stitt ordered to stop the procedure a few hours before its execution, Reuters reports.

Julius Jones was sentenced to death for the murder of an insurance manager during a carjacking in 1999. 11 hours before the sentence was to be carried out, the State Board of Pardons and Parole found it necessary to commute the sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The convict’s lawyers provided evidence that at the time of the crime he was at home with his family, which, according to them, the jury never found out due to the fact that his lawyers at that time could not fully investigate the murder. They plan to continue to seek justice for Jones.