Man convicted in crossbow killing faces eligible for parole

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. Full Story
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OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#1 Feb 21, 2007
WHAT !! Does this guy think he deserves special treatment just because he was once a cop??? A dirty cop. A cop that murdered for MONEY. One cop (the cop who hired him) got away with murder. The jury was gracious enough to acquit him of hiring another cop to kill the mother of his child. How proud he must be. Isn't it enough that one got away with murder? Why set the other one free?

Let this one rot where he is. I will never look at the Tulsa Police Force the same way I used to.
Accurate Info

Jackson, MS

#2 Feb 23, 2007
Sorry OKIE1, you got it wrong. The former police officer who came up for parole wasn't the triggerman and doesn't think he deserves special treatment. Jack Ensminger, the actual killer who was aquitted, was never a police officer. Besides, Michele Rae Powers, the woman who was murdered, was a horrific child abuser. That is well documented in the courts. She lost custody of her child to the father and they were never even actually married. Of course, her twin sister with whom she did not have a good relationship will never admit her knowledge of this, and the papers will never print that.
fobbish

United States

#3 Feb 23, 2007
keep him locked up
the world will be a safer place

Briefly stated, on January 21, 1982, at about 10:45 p.m. Michelle Powers was shot with a crossbow bolt in the parking lot of her apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On January 27, 1982 she died from the wounds that she received. After his surrender to authorities the Jimmie Dean Stohler admitted in a videotaped interview that he plotted the murder, obtained the weapon, and arranged for another person to do the killing.

Another former officer and close friend of Stohler, Robert Doss, also was acquitted in the crime.

Doss

and Powers, an ex-girlfriend, had a custody dispute involving their son. Doss was accused of plotting to kill Powers because of this dispute.

Prosecutors and members of the victimís family will get to speak to the board, Jenks said
Accurate Info

Jackson, MS

#4 Feb 24, 2007
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.
jeanie ward

Gatineau, Canada

#5 Feb 25, 2007
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.
HOW DO U KNOW THIS AND CAN U CONTACT ME jeanie_33_ca@yahoo.ca
Accurate Info

Jackson, MS

#6 Feb 25, 2007
jeanie ward wrote:
<quoted text>HOW DO U KNOW THIS AND CAN U CONTACT ME jeanie_33_ca@yahoo.ca
I know this because it's part of public record, I lived in Tulsa during this time period, and sometimes our justice system simply screws up.
OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#7 Feb 26, 2007
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.
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?
Accurate Info

Jackson, MS

#8 Feb 26, 2007
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.

Accurate Info

Jackson, MS

#9 Feb 26, 2007
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.
jeanie ward

Brantford, Canada

#10 Feb 26, 2007
thanks for all the info.
jeanie ward

Brantford, Canada

#11 Feb 26, 2007
please contact me accurate info anytime u want , i am a penpal to jim . u seem to know a lot .
OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#12 Feb 26, 2007
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.
I never said Michele was a kind and loving person. And, yes, I can understand the feelings, of the people, who killed her. We ALL have feelings about what criminals and/or evil people "deserve", but most of us do NOT act on those feelings.

Again, it is alarming that members, of a police force, felt they had the right or justification to act as judge, jury, and executioner. It is bad enough when someone, in the general public, acts out on those feelings...but, when law enforcement personnel act on those feelings, it is completely unacceptable and their actions are just as bad as the criminals themselves.

It is unfortunate, for Stohler, that he was the one who was left "holding the bag", so to speak. But, just because the others "got off" doesn't mean everyone should. Is it fair? NO, it isn't, but that doesn't mean Stohler should have gotten off, too.

I read where he was denied parole. Do you know why?
OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#13 Feb 26, 2007
Accurate Info wrote:
Why do you feel Stohler, the only one who confessed and was convicted, should be left to rot in prison?
BECAUSE HE COMMITTED THE CRIME? When he arranged this murder, he not only committed a crime, but he betrayed the people he was sworn to protect...US, the general public. He betrayed his profession.
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?
BECAUSE HE COMMITTED THE CRIME? He isn't paying for others. He is paying for HIS role in the murder.
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?
IT IS IRRELEVANT IF ANYONE ELSE WAS CONVICTED OR NOT. He is paying for HIS role in the murder. The fact that the others "got off" does not absolve Stohler.
See my responses, to your questions, above.
Reading the book

Newport News, VA

#14 Apr 9, 2007
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!
OKIE1

Muskogee, OK

#15 Apr 10, 2007
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!
His next parole hearing is in 2010. Does anyone know why he was denied parole this year? Just curious.
Deputy Dog

Tulsa, OK

#16 Apr 20, 2007
I agree he did not shoot that awful woman. I did babysit him in the Tulsa Jail.
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Mom2smiley

Tulsa, OK

#19 Apr 30, 2010
His next parole hearing is in 2010. Does anyone know why he was denied parole this year? Just curious.

He made it to the 2nd stage of parole the 1st time. Oral Roberts, Billy Joe Daugerty visited him in prison, and was with him for the parole the 1st time. Jimmie graduated ORU. Part of the facts are at the time this happened Jimmie WAS NO LONGER AN OFFICER, he was working for the post office, along with Jack Ensminger.
I know his parole was denied again in January of 2010. He had an attorney and Michelle's son at the parole hearing. They never got to speak. The attorney thought everything was going to go good for Jimmie this time. Maybe it has something to do with Michelle's twin sister showing up. Accurate Info has the correct info on all this. I would almost say that because of all the info he has, he must have followed the case, including all the legal court records, appeals filings.
Mom2smiley

Tulsa, OK

#20 Apr 30, 2010
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.

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/GetCase...

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/GetCase...

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