Richard Glossip is due to be executed on September 16 for the murder of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City where Glossip worked.
At a recent news conference, Attorney Don Knight mentions
“tales of $23,100 in the trunk of Van Treese’s car, some of it covered with blue dye and never properly accounted”
and the article states
“He [Don Knight] pointed to other possible suspects, including Richard Page (with a long criminal past and a murder conviction in Arkansas), Richard’s brother Bobby “who dealt drugs and had a violent past,” and another Richard – Barrett who, as reporterTim Farley summarized “served prison time and showed a history of violence.”
As has been reported often before now, all three of those men were also at or around the Inn the weekend Van Treese was killed.
The large amount of cash in the trunk seems likely to be linked to drug dealing. Recently I noticed claims by a Facebook account claiming to be Richard Glossip’s first trial lawyer that:
- Barry Van Treese was killed because he had Cliff Everhart and Tim Brown steal $25,000 cash from a heroin dealer.
- The remainder of $24,100 was found in the trunk of Van Treese’s car, along with the briefcase that the heroin dealer used to safely carry the money in.
- The money had blue dye all over it because Van Treese did not have the proper keys to open the briefcase (the heroin buyer had them).
- The briefcase was a special briefcase used by drug dealers use which it sets off a blue dye cartridge inside the case when the case is opened without following the proper key sequence.
This sounds quite plausible to me, in fact much more plausible than Richard Glossip wanting his boss murdered for no good reason.
In addition, in another message, I see the following claim:
“It was after the public defenders (Oklahoma Indigent Defense System) hired Cliff Everhart, a rapist ex sheriff of Binger OK, as Richard’s only investigator on his defense team. WTF? Cliff Everhart and Sgt Brown (both employees of the victim) are the reason Det(s) Bemo and Cook believed Richard Glossip mastermind the murder of Barry Van Tresse.”
Was Richard Glossip implicated because Cliff Everhart needed the truth about the murder to be concealed, and was Glossip’s defense fatally compromised by his investigator being someone involved in the affair?
I hope the truth comes out in time to avert the execution.