Team Coverage: State Of Oklahoma Carries Out Execution Of Death Row Inmate Bigler Stouffer


Thursday, December 9th 2021, 10:20 am


MCALESTER, Oklahoma -

Breaking News Update 12/9/21 10:20 a.m.

The State of Oklahoma has executed Bigler Stouffer for the 1985 killing of Putnam City schoolteacher Linda Reaves.

The time of death was 10:16 a.m.

Breaking News Update 12/9/21 8:11 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Bigler Stouffer.

The state of Oklahoma will continue with his execution scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday.

This is a breaking news update, the original story can be found below.

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Since Oklahoma resumed execution in October, death row inmate Bigler Stouffer will be the second inmate put to death. 

A Frontier reporter was able to speak to him on the phone from inside the prison. Stouffer says he would rather die than live the rest of his life behind bars. 

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"I did not want to do clemency in the first place because the only thing they could grant me is cement, not relief to go home," said death row inmate Bigler Stouffer, courtesy of The Frontier. 

Stouffer also told the Frontier he is innocent but remains at peace with dying, 

He was convicted of killing Putnam City schoolteacher Linda Reaves in 1985. 

She was only 34 years old. 

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Reaves' family told the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board they live in fear of Stouffer. 

In November, the Parole board recommended clemency for Stouffer. 

Not because they believe he's innocent but because the board is concerned about the drugs used in the executions. 

Last Friday, Governor Kevin Stitt denied clemency for Stouffer, and on Monday, the 10th circuit of appeals denied his request for a delay of execution. 

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As a final effort to save his life, Stouffer's defense team has appealed to the US Supreme Court. 

He will be put to death at 10 a.m. Thursday unless the court intervenes.