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Bigler Stouffer executed in Oklahoma's second lethal injection since 2015

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2022-01-27 10:54:05-05

11:45 a.m.

Officials gave details about Stouffer's execution.

Scott Crow, director of the Department of Corrections, said Stouffer received the first drug of the three-part lethal injection at 10:01 a.m. Stouffer was declared unconscious at 10:06 a.m. and pronounced dead at 10:16 a.m.

Crow said there were no complications during the process.

Linda Reaves' family spoke after the execution and extended their "deepest gratitude" towards Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and other state leaders for their "willingness to carry justice through courts." They also thanked the prosecutors and investigators involved in the case.

Linda Reaves' family speaks after execution

Sean Murphy with the Associated Press witnessed the execution. He's witnessed 15 executions including four with the new three-drug cocktail. He said Stouffer's last words were "my request is that my Father forgive them, thank you."

Another witness said Stouffer had no reaction at the consciousness check and confirmed there was no vomiting or erratic movements during the execution.

10:16 a.m.

Oklahoma executed its second death row inmate since 2015. Stouffer's official time of death was 10:16 a.m.

8:10 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the request for a stay of Stouffer's execution. The scheduled execution is set to continue as planned at 10 a.m.

7:20 a.m.

Preparations are underway in McAlester for the scheduled execution of Bigler Jobe Stouffer II Thursday morning.

Stouffer is sentenced to death for the 1985 shooting death of Linda Reaves, the girlfriend of the estranged husband of Bigler’s girlfriend. He was also convicted of shooting and wounding the estranged husband, Doug Ivens.

READ MORE: Who is next in line for execution in Oklahoma?

The state's Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency and suggested Gov. Kevin Stitt commute Stouffer's execution to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Stitt rejected the recommendation.

This marks the first execution since John Marion Grant vomited and convulsed after he was administered midazolam, the first drug in the three-step lethal injection process.

While witness descriptions of the executions caused some to question if this execution went as planned, but the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the execution went "without complications."

READ MORE: John Grant convulsed, vomited during Oklahoma's first execution since 2015

Due to the conditions around Grant's execution, Stouffer's attorneys asked to put things on hold until next year after an upcoming trial in February. The trial challenges whether Oklahoma's current execution protocols are considered to be constitutional. A judge denied the request.

Stouffer and his attorneys are now asking the Supreme Court to delay his execution.

READ MORE: Oklahoma inmate Bigler Stouffer asks Supreme Court to delay execution

Protesters are expected to gather outside the state's penitentiary and Stitt's home on Thursday.

The protesting comes with the hope the governor would grant Stouffer clemency after he commuted Julius Jones' sentence hours before his scheduled execution date several weeks earlier.

READ MORE: Julius Jones death sentence commuted, will serve life in prison

At this time, Stouffer is scheduled to be executed at 10 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester unless the Supreme Court grants his request.

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