According to The Washington Post, Glossip was sentenced to the death penalty in 1998 after he was accused of masterminding the killing of his boss, a 54-year-old man named Barry Van Treese. Treese was beaten to death with a baseball bat in an Oklahoma motel on Jan. 7, 1997. While a man named Justin Sneed confessed to the murder, he told investigators that Glossip paid him to do it. A plea deal helped Sneed escape the death penalty.
Sarandon keeps in contact with Sister Helen Prejean, the real-life nun she played in Dead Man Walking, and she was the one who convinced Sarandon of Glossip's innocence.
"The man, Justin Sneed, who confessed to doing the murder is serving a life sentence and solely on his word, without forensic evidence, Richard Glossip is facing death," Prejean told ET.
"We're not asking for him to be set free," Sarandon told ET. "We're asking just for the time to be taken to really present this evidence, and hopefully people will sign a petition on MoveOn.org or call [Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin]."