The public is invited to a free screening of the ABC documentary The Last Defense on Friday, Oct. 26, on the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) campus in Edmond. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Communications Building, Bill Burke Film Screening Room 120.  

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in all lots (nearest are 4-7).

First airing last summer, three episodes of The Last Defense will be shown that evening focusing on Julius Jones, who is on Oklahoma’s death row (approx. 2 hours).

A discussion and Q&A will follow featuring panelists: Joi Miskel, former Oklahoma County Public Defender, now a criminal defense attorney at her own law firm; Jimmy Lawson, Rose State College adjunct professor and longtime friend of Julius Jones; Cece Jones-Davis, Sing for Change founder; and Rev. Don Heath, Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty chair.

Heath said, “Julius Jones has firmly maintained his innocence while spending the last 19 years on death row. His story is finally heard in The Last Defense. People are moved and appalled when they watch the documentary. They can’t believe that things like this are still happening in Oklahoma.”

The event is sponsored by the UCO Master of Public Administration Program, Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration, the UCO Debate Club, Criminal Justice Club of UCO, and the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.