Oklahoma executes Bigle Stouffer for the 1985 murder of teacher

Bigler ‘Bud’ Stouffer, 79, becomes oldest inmate to be executed in US history: Murderer is given final meal of chicken and broccoli before being put to death by lethal injection for killing teacher ex-girlfriend in 1985

  • An Oklahoma death row inmate, who was convicted of the 1985 murder of his girlfriend and attempted murder of her ex-husband, was executed Thursday  
  • Bigler Stouffer, 79, was executed despite pleas for his clemency over concerns regarding the state’s last two botched executions
  • Stouffer’s last words were: ‘My request is that my Father forgive them. Thank you’ just before he became the oldest inmate to be executed in US history
  • His last meal on Wednesday night consisted of a chicken patty, two slices of bread, fries, broccoli, mixed fruit, two cookies, fruit drink, one bottle of water
  • The last two death row inmates to be executed suffered greatly after the components within the injection fluid were improperly mixed 
  • Governor Kevin Stitt ultimately denied his plea for clemency on Friday 
  • Stouffer’s lawyers had requested a stay of execution, however, the request was denied by the US Supreme Court roughly two hours before his execution

Bigler Stouffer received a lethal injection around 10 am Thursday at the State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead at 10:16 am

A 79-year-old Oklahoma death row inmate convicted in the 1985 murder of his girlfriend and attempted murder of her ex-husband was executed Thursday morning despite pleas for his clemency over concerns regarding the state’s last two botched executions. 

Bigler ‘Bud’ Stouffer became the oldest person executed in US history after he was given a lethal injection around 10 am Thursday at the State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead at 10:16 am, according to KOCO 5 News. 

Stouffer was seen laughing and joking with his spiritual advisor before uttering his final words: ‘My request is that my Father forgive them.’ 

His last meal consisted of a chicken patty, two slices of bread, fries, broccoli, mixed fruit, two cookies, fruit drink, one bottle of water, which he was given Wednesday evening, the night before his execution.

Stouffer was convicted of killing girlfriend Linda Reaves, a teacher, after he went to the Oklahoma City home of her ex-husband Doug Ivens to borrow a gun on January 24, 1985. He fatally shot the Putnam City educator while wounding Ivens in a plot to access Ivens’s $2 million life insurance policy. 

Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves was murdered by Stouffer in 1985

Stouffer did not suffer any complications such as vomiting or convulsions during the execution, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow, Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor and media witnesses. 

‘The state’s execution of Bigler Stouffer was carried out with zero complications at 10:16 this morning,’ O’Connor said in a news release. 

‘Justice is now served for Linda Reaves, Doug Ivens and the people of Oklahoma.’ 

Reaves’ cousin, Rodney Thomson, said the killing had consumed his family members.

‘Today we witnessed the law of the land carried out on behalf of my cousin. Although long in coming, justice has prevailed,’ Thomson said.

However, Reverend Don Heath, chairman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said Stouffer’s death was not about justice.

‘I hope that Bud Stouffer’s passing was peaceful. I don’t see how this brings peace to anyone else. Killing a 79-year-old man is not justice,’ Heath said. 

‘What does it say about us? I’m afraid it says that we worship a God who is vengeful and wrathful, instead of a God of mercy and grace. I will continue to pray to a God of peace and justice who will heal us of our addiction to violence.’

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had recommended clemency for Stouffer last month – not because they believed he was  innocent, but rather over concerns regarding how the state executes death row inmates. 

However, Governor Kevin Stitt ultimately denied his clemency last Friday.   

Stouffer’s lawyers had requested a stay of execution in several different courts while arguing that he shouldn’t be executed while other inmates on death row challenge the state’s lethal injection process in a separate trial set to begin February 28, the outlet reported.

The request was denied by the US Supreme Court roughly two hours before his execution. 

Stouffer always maintained his innocence, claiming he was framed. 

Prosecutors said staged the crime scene to look like a murder-suicide, and planted the gun in Reaves’ hand after shooting them both,. 

He told a parole board hearing that Reaves was already dead when he arrived at Ivens’s home, and that Ivens was shot during a struggle over the gun. 

‘I was not present when Linda Reaves was shot,’ Stouffer told the board. 

‘I am totally innocent of the murder of Linda Reaves and my heart goes out to the family of Linda Reaves that have suffered as a result of her murder.’ 

Ivens, who testified against Stouffer, survived after being shot three times, including once in the face, but died of unrelated causes in 2016.

Stouffer was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death but in 1999 an appellate court ruled that Stouffer had inadequate legal counsel at his first trial and granted him a retrial. 

In 2003, he was convicted again and again given the death penalty.

Pictured: the room at an Oklahoma state prison where Stouffer was executed by lethal injection on Thursday morning 

‘My request is that my Father forgive them. Thank you,’ were Stouffer’s last words, according to a tweet by Dillon Richards, a reporter with area news outlet KOCO 5 News

Richards, who attended Stouffer’s execution on Thursday, reported that there were no complications after the lethal injection

Dillon Richards, a reporter with area news outlet KOCO 5 News, was present for Stouffer’s execution, live-tweeted the procedure and provided real-time updates during the entire process.

‘His spiritual advisor spoke to him, although we couldn’t hear what he said. Stouffer smiled and even laughed once or twice as he spoke,’ Richards tweeted. 

Stouffer’s execution is just Oklahoma’s second since 2015 following a six-year pause, after the state put John Grant to death in October after Grant was convicted in 2000 of first-degree murder for killing prison worker Gay Carter in the kitchen of the Dick Conner Correctional Facility. 

As many as 26 more death row inmates in the state prison system could be scheduled next year if they lose the Feb. 28 lawsuit filed in Oklahoma City federal court. 

Another execution set for next month for convicted killer Wade Lay was put on hold to give time for competency proceedings. The state does plan to execute Donald Grant on January 27, according to Richards. 

 The state halted all executions in 2014 after the botched lethal injection death of Clayton Lockett. Grant’s execution, also by lethal injection, was reported to be botched as well, according to Slate.com.

Oklahoma was the first state to adopt lethal injections as the primary means of execution in 1977.  

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, where death row inmate Bigler Stouffer was put to death by lethal injection on Thursday morning

Bigler ‘Bud’ Stouffer shot dead girlfriend and tried to kill her ex-husband in bid to access $2M life insurance policy   

Prosecutors said that on January 24, 1985, Stouffer went to the Oklahoma City home of Doug Ivens, whose ex-wife Linda Reaves he was dating, to borrow a gun. 

They said that he fatally shot the Putnam City teacher while wounding Ivens in a plot to access Ivens’s $2 million life insurance policy.

Ivens, who testified against Stouffer at his trial in 2003, survived after being shot three times, including once in the face. He died of unrelated causes in 2016. 

Stouffer was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death but in 1999 an appellate court ruled that Stouffer had inadequate legal counsel at his first trial and granted him a retrial. 

In 2003, he was convicted again and again given the death penalty.

Stouffer filed his own legal challenge after his execution was set and sought a delay, however he lost in court three times. 

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had recommended clemency for Stouffer last month – not because they believed he wasn’t guilty, but rather over concerns regarding how the state executes death row inmates. 

However, Governor Kevin Stitt ultimately denied his clemency last Friday. 

Stouffer’s lawyers had requested a stay of execution in several different courts while arguing that he shouldn’t be executed while other inmates on death row challenge the state’s lethal injection process in a separate trial set to begin February 28, the outlet reported.

That request was denied by the US Supreme Court roughly two hours before his execution.

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