Bigler Stouffer Denied Clemency Before December 9, 2021 Execution in Oklahoma

Bigler Stouffer, Oklahoma

Updated: Monday, December 6, 2021

Bigler StoufferBigler Jobe Stouffer, II, is scheduled to be executed at 4 pm local time on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Seventy-nine-year-old Bigler murdered Linda Reaves and injured Doug Ivens on January 24, 1985. Bigler has spent the last 36 years on death row in Oklahoma.

Before his arrest, Bigler worked for the 700 Club as a Christian counselor. Friends and family described Bigler as being good with children.

In January 1985, Doug and Velva Ivens were in the process of getting a divorce and each had started dating other people.  Doug was dating elementary schoolteacher Linda Reaves, while Velva was dating Bigler Stouffer.  

On January 24, 1985, Stouffer went to visit Doug.  Linda was also at Doug’s home.  Stouffer asked to borrow a pistol from Doug because there were prowlers or a burglar at Velva’s house. Doug agreed to give Stouffer a gun. Doug retrieved the gun from his bedroom and gave it to Stouffer in a bank bag.

Stouffer took the bag and turned his back on Doug. Then, Stouffer turned back to face Doug, pistol in hand. Stouffer fired two shots at Doug, who fell to the floor. Stouffer then shot Linda twice in the head. He shot once more at Doug before leaving.

Doug managed to crawl to a phone and call the police. Doug told the police that Stouffer had shot him and his girlfriend.  Linda died from her injures, while Doug survived.

Stouffer was convicted and sentenced to death in 1986 for Linda’s murder. Stouffer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for attempting to murder Doug. He received a new trial in 1999 after a court ruled his original lawyers provided an inadequate defense. In 2003, a jury again convicted Stouffer and sentenced him to death for Linda’s murder.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2, in favor of clemency for Stouffer.  The recommendation was sent to Governor Kevin Stitt, who denied clemency.  Governor Stitt stated he made his decision after reviewing all sides of the case.  The Board chose to recommend clemency due to concerns about problems during execution of John Grant.  It was reported that John convulsed and vomited during his execution.  A federal court has also refused to halt the execution, ruling that Bigler’s lawyers did not prove that Oklahoma’s execution protocol violates the 8th Amendment.  

Pray for peace and healing for the family of Linda Reaves.  Pray for healing for Doug Ivens.  Please pray for strength for the family of Bigler Stouffer.  If Bigler is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, pray evidence will be revealed before the execution. Pray Bigler comes to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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