Texas death row inmate sues prison officials to allow pastor lay hands on him during execution

John Henry Ramirez, Texas death row inmate. Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice / AP file
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A Texas man awaiting execution has filed a lawsuit against state prison officials to allow his pastor to lay hands on him during his upcoming execution.

John Henry Ramirez, 37, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection in the Texas death chamber on September 8, Nbc news reported.

Ramirez’ attorneys said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Corpus Christi that state prison officials had denied his request to have his pastor lay hands on him as he dies.

The lawsuit asked a federal judge to allow Dana Moore, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, a Corpus Christi congregation of about 200 worshippers, to be present in the death chamber at his execution and lay hands on him as Ramirez dies. The lawsuit states that Moore has ministered to Ramirez for five years.

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Ramirez was sentenced to death for the 2004 stabbing death of Pablo Castro, a 45-year-old Corpus Christi convenience store worker. Castro was stabbed after a robbery that netted just $1.25, according to the report.

Ramirez has already had two stays of execution, once in 2017 so he could get a new attorney and again last September because of the Covid-19 pandemic

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