The Columbus Dispatch

Oklahoma executes man for 1985 slaying of schoolteac­her


MCALESTER, Okla. – Oklahoma executed a man Thursday for the 1985 shooting death of an Oklahoma Cityarea schoolteac­her after courts rejected his claim that the state’s lethal injection method would result in unconstitu­tional pain and suffering.

Bigler Stouffer II, 79, received a three-drug lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentia­ry in Mcalester. He was declared dead at 10:16 a.m., 16 minutes after the execution was scheduled to start.

Stouffer was the first person executed in Oklahoma since John Grant convulsed on the gurney and vomited during his lethal injection in October as the state ended a six-year execution moratorium brought on by concerns over its protocols.

Stouffer has maintained his innocence in the attack that left Linda Reaves dead and her boyfriend, Doug Ivens, seriously injured. He and his attorneys argued in court filings that the state’s three-drug execution method poses a risk of unconstitu­tional pain and suffering and that Stouffer should

be included among other death row plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challengin­g the protocols. But his request for a stay of execution was denied by a federal district judge and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. A final appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court was denied Thursday morning.

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