The Norman Transcript

July 26, 2013

Court rejects death row appeal

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to overturn an Oklahoma City motel manager’s death sentence, saying that even if errors occurred at his trial, they didn’t add up to anything that should void the results.

Richard Eugene Glossip was convicted twice in the Jan. 7, 1997, death of Barry Alan Van Treese, 54. Prosecutors said Glossip feared Van Treese would fire him for failing to properly maintain the Best Budget Inn in south Oklahoma City.

Jurors convicted Glossip in 1998, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals voided the trial, ruling that defense lawyers did a poor job. Another jury convicted Glossip in 2004 and he went to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to argue he didn’t receive a fair trial.

According to the court, Glossip promised a maintenance man $10,000 to beat Van Treese to death with a baseball bat. The maintenance man pleaded guilty in the death and testified against Glossip.