Oklahoma parole board questions execution procedure during clemency hearing

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday recommended clemency for another death row inmate in part because of concerns about the last execution.

“That process is obviously flawed,” board member Larry Morris said before voting to recommend clemency.

“We have had individuals on the table suffering for 20 and 30 minutes apiece. And I don’t think that any humane society ought to be executing people that way until we figure out how to do it right.”

The board voted 3-2 to recommend clemency for convicted murderer Bigler Jobe “Bud” Stouffer II, who claimed he is innocent. Gov. Kevin Stitt has the final say.

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