OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — An Oklahoma inmate who has been on death row for over 30 years went before the Pardon and Parole Board Wednesday morning.
Bigler Stouffer, also known as Bud, was convicted twice of killing Putnam City teacher, Linda Reaves, and shooting her boyfriend, Doug Ivens.
At the time of the 1985 murder, Stouffer was living with Ivens’ ex-wife, Velva and her two daughters.
Prosecutors argued Stouffer went to Doug Ivens’ home and asked to borrow a gun, saying there had been prowlers sneaking around Velva’s home. When Doug handed the gun to Stouffer he shot him three times, including once in the face.
He then went to the couch where Linda Reaves was and shot her twice in the head.
Ivens survived, called 9-1-1 for help and named Bud Stouffer as the shooter.
During the clemency hearing Stouffer’s defense said the state had no physical evidence pointing to Stouffer without Ivens’ testimony.
The state argued Stouffer has changed his story multiple times.
The Pardon and Parole board voted 3-2 to recommend commuting his sentence to Live without the possibility of parole.
This came after a 10 minute discussion over concerns around the state’s execution cocktail which is the same one used during two botched executions in 2014 and 2015.
The recommendation now goes to Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor’s office issued the following Statement:
“I am disappointed with the decision of the Pardon and Parole Board recommending clemency to Bigler Jobe Stouffer. I was encouraged by the fact that the Board saw through the misrepresentations voiced by Mr. Stouffer and his representatives regarding his alleged innocence as most, if not all, Board members stated their confidence that Mr. Stouffer was guilty of the heinous crimes against Linda Reaves and Doug Ivens. The Board’s decision, however, was improperly based on whether an inmate will suffer pain during an execution. This concern is not a concern for the Pardon and Parole Board. Instead, it is a concern of the courts. The courts, in declining to grant a stay of execution for other death row inmates, have spoken. The execution of Mr. Stouffer should proceed. The decision, however, is now in the hands of the Governor. I will continue to make the safety of the citizens of Oklahoma a top priority of this office and will continue to advocate for the victims of this horrific crime as well as all victims of all violent crimes.”