Man convicted in crossbow killing fac...

Man convicted in crossbow killing faces eligible for parole

There are 48 comments on the Examiner-Enterprise story from Feb 21, 2007, titled Man convicted in crossbow killing faces eligible for parole. In it, Examiner-Enterprise reports that:

A former police officer convicted in the 1982 death of a Tulsa woman who was shot with a poisoned crossbow arrow should not be released from prison, the woman's sister said Tuesday.

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The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#42 Jan 23, 2013
every word here is a complete lie!!!!!
Was there wrote:
Accurate Info and Tulsa Mom are 100% correct! I was there when the murdered woman was brought to the hospital. She was a respiratory therapist at the hospital. I was there when her twin sister came to see if her sister was dead and was shocked to hear the hatred she had for her twin sister. She told me her twin was evil. I was absolutely amazed to see the statements she made about how she was sorry to have lost her sister at the parole hearing. She told me her sister would call the child's father and beat the child over the phone!
The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#43 Jan 23, 2013
okie1 I agree!!!
OKIE1 wrote:
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So, essentially, you are saying that it was okay to murder her.
It isn't that I cannot relate to the plight of the child...I was an abused child.
What alarms me is that members, of a police force, would decide, on their own, to punish an offender, by acting as judge, jury, AND executioner. How can any of us feel safe if members, of the police force, act in such a way?
The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#44 Jan 23, 2013
I find it hard to beleive that so many witnessed this abuse of a child and a police officer and she was never arrested for it, the records show that she never served one night in jail for abuse to anyone!
Accurate Info wrote:
First of all, I would like to set the record straight. Michele was not killed over a simply custody dispute. She was murdered because she was a horrific child abuser. DHS has volumes of records documenting this. Doss was given full custody of their son because of the abuse. At one point, Michele could only see their son for 1 hour per week in a supervised visit at a psychologist's office. She even abused the child in front of the psychologist! This is documented.
Seven men, all of whom had witnessed Michele's insanity, abuse of this child and/or tirades of property damage against Doss and his friends, decided to take matters into their own hands and unlease this crime when our justice system decided she could again have unsupervised visits with the child. This does not make the crime right. I only give this information to explain how Stohler, who had no prior record at all and has a perfectly clean prison record since, could have possibly become involved. He feared for this child's life. Michele threatened Bob and the child's life on a regular basis. It was in no way a simple custody battle that started this.
Stohler did cooperate fully with authorities and gave a 5 1/2 hour videotaped confession. Shortly after Jack Ensminger killed child abuser Michele Powers, Jim was advised by his attorney, Tom Gann, to go on the run.(As a sidenote, it is a well-known fact that Tom Gann had an affair with Stohler's wife while representing Stohler as his murder trial. Gann actually ended up divorcing his first wife and marrying Kay Stohler.)
At any rate, Stohler later returned to Tulsa after having reached a gentleman's agreement with district attorney David Moss. Stohler agreed to give a full confession of his involvement and testify against Ensminger in return for being charged with conspiracy. He was told he would receive a 8-15 year sentence and possibly be out in less than 7 years.
Moss and his office screwed up, Ensminger went free, Doss went free, and Moss then rescinded on the agreement with Stohler because he had to save his own reputation and save face by making sure someone went to prison for a long time. It was too big of a publisized case to simply let someone be convicted of conspiracy. Moss and Gann screwed Stohler and made sure the key was thrown away.
Are you not upset that the actual triggerman went free? What about the other 4 men involved, not including Doss, who were given immunity for their testimonies? Are you so sure you would be able to simply stand by and watch a best friend's child be abused, year after year, and not take some sort of action if our justice system refused to protect him or her? Michele started abusing this child when it was only 2 months old. She continued every chance she could until her death when the child was 4 years old. Again, this is well documented. As a FYI, newspapers don't always give the whole story or even the truth.
The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#45 Jan 23, 2013
As I have read and documated for a project, this mother never served one night in jail for ever abusing anyone! i think she was just a thorn in someones side ,i think maybe because she filed a paternity suit. I'm sorry but,accurate is not so accurate!
Accurate Info wrote:
No, I never said it was okay that Michele was murdered. I just get tired of reading comments about what a kind, loving woman she was and that the crime was committed over a simply custody dispute. I didn't say it was right, I simply made the point that placed in the same situation it would be very difficult not to try to intervene for the child. Personally, I cheered at the end of "The Burning Bed".
How about the sicko Michael Devlin they recently caught who had abducted, abused, and terrorized Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck? Ever cross your mind just what you thought he deserved? Let's just say you were friends of those boys' parents, you knew about the abduction and abuse, but when the authorities were notified and witnessed the horror, they did nothing to stop it. Let's go so far as to say they allowed Michael Devlin to re-abduct them and return them to his lair! That's basically what Tulsa DHS did for Michele's child. Does Devlin deserve death? I imagine there are friends and family of those boys who think so. It wouldn't make it right, but it would certainly be understandable how someone might decide to take matters into their own hands if he were released to commit further heinous acts on young boys.
Michele's child, who is now nearly 30 years old, wrote a letter to the pardon and parole board supporting Stohler's release. He feels Stohler has served enough time for his role in his mother's death. He has even visited Stohler in prison and thanked him for saving his life. He spent the vast majority of his young life in therapy trying to deal with what his mother did.
Why do you feel Stohler, the only one who confessed and was convicted, should be left to rot in prison? Is that really fair either? Why should he be given a worse sentence or serve more time simply because the DA couldn't get any other convictions? Why should he been given a sentence to pay for others? If he would be granted parole if the actual murderer were in prison why shouldn't he get it just because the system failed to convict everyone involved?
I am personally scared of a justice system that would operate under those guidelines.
The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#46 Jan 23, 2013
I have study this and this mother never served one day for abuse to anyone!!all is alledged!!
Reading the book wrote:
If you are at all interested in this story there is a fictionalized book based on this murder available right now.
"The Balance of Exodus" is a great read.
That aside, my personal feelings are this ...
Did they have the right to kill this woman? No.
Did she deserve to be punished for abusing her child? You bet!
I personally hope the next time this guy's parole comes around, that he's granted it.
The trigger man should be in prison as well not just the ex-cop!
The Rock

Tulsa, OK

#47 Jan 23, 2013
I agree anonymous!!!
anonymous wrote:
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Its amazing how people who are NOT involved personally to this case can sit around and speculate. I guess that's easy to do when you were not personally involved. It might be best for everyone on this post to not worry about the who, what, when, where, how, and why's of this case. What is done is done and NO ONE can bring her back or go back and undo what happened. Trying to figure this out now won't help anyone. The best rule of thumb is, if you don't know the truth - keep your mouth shut! Probably what you ALL should do!

Tulsa, OK

#48 May 23, 2015
Michelle powers was a friend of mine. She is one of the sweetest person I have ever met. I thought all these years that he got away with it. Thank God he did not. If anyone knows her twin. I hope she's doing well. I am so glad that bastard didn't get away with it.
attended trials

Broken Arrow, OK

#50 Jan 16, 2016
Mom2smiley wrote:
As an update:
Jimmie Dean Stohler is still in prison for a murder that he conspired to, but didn't commit. Due to a legal loophole and basically being screwed around with the so called "Justice System" in Oklahoma he will remain there at least till he comes up for parole again (15 more years).
Jack Ensminger well heres 2 legal links on him from the same DA's office that let him go the 1st time around.
See money can buy happiness!!
I went to Doss's trial. I almost fainted. He looked exactly like Jack Ensminger! Can you say framed?

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