MAKALESTER, Oklahoma — Oklahoma executed a man accused of shooting and killing a schoolteacher in Oklahoma in 1985 on Thursday because courts rejected his claim that the state’s lethal injection method caused unconstitutional pain and suffering.
Bigler Stouffer II, 79, received three fatal drugs at a prison in Oklahoma, McAlester.
Stouffer was the first person to be executed in Oklahoma because John Grant vomited during a fatal injection in October and the state ended a six-year moratorium on executions due to concerns over its protocols.
The execution process, which began at 10 a.m. Thursday, seemed to have gone smoothly. After taking the lethal medication, Stouffer was declared unconscious at 10:07 a.m. and his breathing became shallow at 10:09 a.m., claiming he had died at 10:16 p.m. It has been announced.
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said in a statement that the execution was “carried out with zero complications.” Priest Howard Potts, who was in the death cell with Stouffer, said Stouffer was “completely calm.”
Stouffer’s last words were, “Please, my father forgive them. Thank you.”
Stouffer asserted his innocence in the attack that resulted in the death of Linda Reeves and the serious injury of her friend Doug Evens. He and his attorneys argued in court documents that the state’s three drug enforcement practices pose a risk of unconstitutional pain and suffering, and that Stouffer should be included in the federal lawsuit against the protocols among other plaintiffs sentenced to death. kidladilar. But his motion to suspend the execution was rejected by a federal district judge and the U.S. Tenth Court of Appeals. On Thursday morning, two hours before the planned execution, a final appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Stouffer was first convicted in 2003 and sentenced to death after his death sentence was overturned. At a parole board hearing last month, he said Ivens was shot dead while fighting over a gun at Evans’ home and died when Reeves arrived.
“I am absolutely innocent of the murder of Linda Reeves and my heart goes out to the family of Linda Reeves who suffered as a result of her murder,” Stouffer said in a video from prison.
Prosecutors allege that Stouffer went home to get a gun from Ivens, then shot and killed Reaves to get Ivens’ $ 2 million life insurance policy, and wounded Ivens. At the time, Stouffer was dating Ivens’ ex-wife.
Despite being shot three times, including once in the face, with a 38-caliber pistol, Ivens survived and testified against Stouffer. Since then, Ivens has died.
“Stouffer’s disgusting actions against Doug and Linda, his lies and manipulations in later years, as well as his grief and remorse for the damage he caused, should require one conclusion – the jury’s death sentence must be carried out.” say lawyers. The state wrote to the Pardon and Parole Council asking it to reject Stouffer’s request for pardon.
Several members of the council are concerned about the state’s ability to execute people humanely. But Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt eventually rejected the council’s recommendation to replace Stitt with a life sentence without parole.
Reeves’ cousin Rodney Thomson Stouffer told reporters after the execution that the murder had swallowed up his family members. He thanked the Attorney General and staff who worked on the case, as well as other prosecutors and investigators.
“Today we witnessed a land law implemented on behalf of my cousin,” Thomson said in a statement. “It’s been a long time, but justice has won.”
Stitt pardoned Julie Jones, another man sentenced to death, just hours before his planned execution last month, and commuted the sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case sparked protests and protests over suspicions that he was guilty of killing the businessman more than 20 years ago.
Executions in Oklahoma were usually carried out in the evening, but prison officials moved Stouffer’s execution to 10 a.m. to facilitate the prison’s return to normal operations, said Josh Ward, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
Oklahoma had one of the busiest death chambers in the country before the problems of 2014 and 2015 led to a moratorium in practice. Just hours before Richard Glossip was executed in September 2015, prison officials realized they had taken the wrong lethal drug. It was later revealed that the same illicit drug was used in January 2015 to kill another person.
The drug intervention took place in April 2014, after prisoner Clayton Lockett fought in the gurney 43 minutes before the fatal injection and was ordered by the state prison chief to stop the executioners.