Julius Jones was scheduled to be killed at 4 p.m. Thursday, but Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) has commuted the sentence, according to Politico reporter Jonathan Lemire.
Students across the state were staging walkouts in protest of the execution. Events happened at Moore High School, in Del City, Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma.
"After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones' sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole," Stitt said in a statement.
The protests and the commutation comes after Oklahoma was caught lying about another botched execution in late October.
In that case, John Marion Grant was set to be executed and during the procedure, he began vomiting and convulsed at least 12 times before ultimately dying, an Associated Press reporter revealed.
What ultimately led to the outrage is that the state then lied about what happened, claiming that there was nothing unusual that happened.
The execution "was carried out in accordance with Oklahoma Department of Corrections' protocols and without complication," the Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman said in a statement.
Jones's sentence was changed to a life sentence without the possibility of parole, however, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended full clemency for Jones due to problems in the case.
Oklahomans had already gathered outside of the jail to protest the execution.
See the videos below:
Lots of people gathered outside of Oklahoma State Penitentiary to protest the execution of Julius Jones. One officer said they\u2019ve been here since 8 am.pic.twitter.com/GHyFzx8nlA— Graham Lee Brewer (@Graham Lee Brewer) 1637258758
Julius Jones sentence has been commuted. Here is the reaction live at the OU student walkout @OUNightlypic.twitter.com/x2oBe2hIib— Tyler DeLuca (@Tyler DeLuca) 1637259371
Del City Middle School students are walking out for #JuliusJones.pic.twitter.com/aFuzYJEXA6— ration of shit \u2727 (@ration of shit \u2727) 1637259371
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) \u2014 Oklahoma governor commutes death sentence of Julius Jones, who was convicted of killing businessman in 1999.— Jonathan Lemire (@Jonathan Lemire) 1637259108