An explosive claim that a racist juror sent a black man to death row in Oklahoma was just denied U.S. Supreme Court review, bringing Julius Jones one step closer to execution for a murder he has long-denied committing.

In rejecting Jones’ petition, the high court declined to add to next term’s docket the hot-button question of whether the justice system can tolerate the juror’s alleged remarks that Julius Jones’ trial was “a waste of time” and that they should “just take the nigger out and shoot him behind the jail.”

The petition was Jones’ latest legal salvo in his ongoing fight to overturn the verdict and sentence against him for a 1999 murder that rocked Edmond, Okla.

His case was featured, recently, in the ABC series The Last Defense, which noted the racist juror issue as well as racial tensions generally in Edmond.

The alleged juror’s remarks surfaced in 2017, when one of the jurors told Jones’ legal team in a Facebook message that another juror had made the racist remarks.

The case is Jones v. Oklahoma, U.S., 18-7658, review denied 4/1/19.