Attorneys reached an agreement Wednesday that clears the way for Thursday's 6 p.m. CDT execution of Donald Ray Wackerly II, who wanted his Buddhist spiritual adviser present during the lethal injection, then U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot dismissed the case, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported.
Wackerly, 41, was sentenced to die in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for the 1996 shooting death of Laotian fisherman Pan Sayakhoummane during a robbery.
Wackerly's attorney, Micheal Salem, called the agreement "reasonable."
The attorney said Wackerly will be allowed to recite a mantra of ultimate compassion until he dies, and his Buddhist spiritual adviser and others in an observation room also will be allowed to chant, The Oklahoman reported.
After Wackerly's death, the spiritual adviser will be taken into the death chamber to perform several rituals consistent with Buddhist principles, Salem said.