Judge denies stay of execution for Oklahoma death row inmate Bigler Stouffer

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A U.S. district judge denied a stay of execution for an Oklahoma death row inmate who is scheduled to be put to death in a little more than two weeks.

Judge Stephen Friot denied the stay of execution for inmate Bigler Stouffer, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a Putnam City High School teacher in 1985.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recently recommended clemency for Stouffer. Board members recommended clemency because they are concerned about the drugs used in the executions, not because they think he’s innocent.

A lawsuit over the drugs goes to trial in February.

The decision comes after authorities took part in an emergency hearing for Stouffer on Monday and Tuesday.

Gov. Kevin Stitt will once again have the final say on whether to grant Stouffer clemency. Stouffer’s execution date is scheduled for Dec. 9.