Emergency hearing set for Oklahoma death row inmate Bigler Stouffer

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Executions in Oklahoma will again be argued in federal court as a judge set an emergency hearing for death row inmate Bigler Stouffer.

Stouffer is the next person to be put to death in Oklahoma. His execution date is scheduled for Dec. 9.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for Stouffer last week. That clemency recommendation is sure to be a central part of what is argued about in federal court Monday morning.

The board recommended clemency for Stouffer not because they think he’s innocent. Instead, board members said they have concerns about the drugs Oklahoma uses to carry out executions.

Board members specifically questioned whether they should even vote on these cases at all when those drugs are set to go into litigation in February.

Gov. Kevin Stitt will once again have the final say on whether to grant Stouffer clemency. He is on death row after being convicted of murdering a Putnam City teacher in 1985.