Oklahoma executes 79-year-old Bigler Stouffer, 36 years after his conviction
On Thursday morning, 79-year-old Bigler Jobe Stouffer was executed by lethal injection by the US state of Oklahoma.
He was sentenced to death for allegedly shooting an elementary school teacher in 1985. Her boyfriend survived seriously injured.
Numerous supporters of Stouffer believe in his innocence. He himself stated that he had been lured to the scene of the crime by the teacher’s boyfriend and that there had been a struggle for the gun.
The clemency committee had recommended a pardon by a vote of 3 to 2, but not because of the questionable nature of the guilt, but because of the problematic last execution in which the delinquent convulsed and vomited.
Gov. Kevin Stitt declined to stay the execution, which eyewitnesses said went off without any apparent problems this time. Even a letter from Stouffer’s son along with 10,000 signatures failed to change the governor’s stance.
Stouffer’s final words, “My request is that my (Heavenly) Father forgives them. I thank you.” He was very devout, saw death as a path to eternal life, and was ready, “Going home…”