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Susan Sarandon: this man is innocent

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Susan Sarandon: this man is innocent

Susan Sarandon is campaigning for the release of a man on death row.

The 'Tammy' actress has turned to the press to help Richard Glossip - who was found guilty of paying a hitman to commit murder and has been waiting to be executed for 17 years - be freed because there is "no physical evidence or motive" linking him to the crime and all legal routes have been exhausted.

She said: "Since the only real option we had is press, because [Glossip] has gone through a number of trials and has exhausted that route, I decided to help."

The 68-year-old actress has been working for Richard's release for years after she was approached by Sister Helen Prejean - who has lead the campaign - and was convinced he is innocent.

The star then played Sister Helen in 1995 movie 'Dead Man Walking' based on the real story, for which she won an Oscar.

Susan has amped up her campaign because the Governor of Oklahoma has insisted they are going ahead with Richard's execution.

She told People: "It's a question of life or death ... I feel that she's doing a horrible thing but I don't know that she's a horrible person.

"The only thing linking Richard Glossip to the murder is the testimony of the murderer, who was 19 at the time, and gave eight statements that all contradict each other."

Sarandon and Sister Helen will appear on the Dr. Phil show to talk about the case and the death penalty in an episode set to air August 31.