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‘About his death, he said he was at peace with it.’ Oklahoma executes executioner Bigler Stouffer

MCALESTER, Okla. (KFOR) – The state of Oklahoma carried out the execution of inmate Bigler Stouffer on Thursday morning.

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Bigler Stouffer

On Thursday morning, death row inmate Bigler Stouffer, 79, was Enforcement gorvernment’s. The time of his death was 10:16 am.

This is Oklahoma’s second execution since a nearly seven-year pause.

“As superintendent of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, I am required to carry out a court order that we did,” said Scott Crow, director of the ODOC. “The agency did so today with professionalism, respect for process, and the dignity of all involved.”

Stouffer was found guilty of murdering Linda Reaves, an elementary school teacher in Putnam City, in 1985. He also shot her boyfriend, Doug Ivens, who survived.

However, Stouffer testified that he shot Ivens in self-defense, not killed Linda.

“Seeing the truth overcome various falsehoods and the rising smokescreen is both commendable and [an] attributing justice to being done,” said Rodney Thomson, Reaves’ cousin.

Linda Reaves
Linda Reaves

In execution of John Marion Grant back on October 28, the media witness said Grant started vomiting and convulsions after the first drug in Oklahoma’s cocktail injects three lethal drugs, Midazolam, was administered.

Midazolam is at the center of an upcoming trial in February that will challenge whether Oklahoma’s execution protocol is constitutional.

The eyewitness media that followed Stouffer’s execution did not report any complications.

Sean Murphy told The Associated Press: “No vomiting, no erratic movements or anything like that.

Media witnesses also said Stouffer had a spiritual counselor by his side during the execution.

“The pastor put a Bible on Stouffer’s feet and said something that made Stouffer start laughing,” Sawyer Buccy told KOTV.

In an interview with The Frontier’s Dylan Goforth just 24 hours before his execution, Stouffer said he was ready to die.

Goforth was also a media witness and spoke about that interview during the press conference after the execution.

Goforth said: “Regarding his death, he said he felt at peace with it. “I wanted to know if he was dismayed when the governor denied his clemency. The Amnesty and Amnesty Board has asked him to receive clemency. He said he thought life without parole in prison would be worse than death.”

Stouffer’s last words were “My request is that my father forgive them, thank you.”

The next execution, that of Donald Grant, is scheduled for January 27.

Grant went before the Amnesty and Amnesty Board last week, asking for clemency. The board voted 4-1 to deny that request.

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