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Oklahoma prisons chief: Minister OK'd inside death chamber


January 11, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials said Wednesday that they will allow an anti-death penalty minister with a history of protest-related arrests inside the execution chamber for Thursday's lethal injection of death row inmate Scott Eizember.

Department of Corrections Director Steven Harpe said he reversed his earlier decision not to allow the Rev. Jeffrey Hood into the chamber after consulting with the family members of Eizember's victims. They were concerned that a lawsuit Eizember had filed over the matter could further delay the execution, he said.

"The family members of the...

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