Oklahoma to allow death row inmates a personal spiritual leader in execution chamber

The Oklahoma Corrections Department has agreed that condemned prisoners in the future can have a personal spiritual advisor in the execution chamber.

The spiritual advisor will have to pass a background check.

Confirmation of the policy change came Monday during a hearing on a death row inmate’s request for an execution stay.

The inmate, Bigler Jobe “Bud” Stouffer II, had asked that Rev. Howard Potts, a Baptist minister, be present to lay hands on him during the lethal injection procedure. Corrections officials initially told him in October a chaplain of their choosing could do that.

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