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Texas inmate who sought pastor's touch gets execution date


April 13, 2022

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate who won a reprieve when his request for his pastor to pray out loud and touch him as he received his lethal injection sparked legal debate has a new execution date.

A South Texas judge on Tuesday signed an order setting John Henry Ramirez's execution for Oct. 5.

Ramirez, 37, had been set for execution on Sept. 8, 2021, but the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his execution and agreed to take up his case to address the role of spiritual advisers in the death chamber.

Last month, the court said states must accommodate the wishes of death row inmates who wan...

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