This undated file photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Dominique Ray. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
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A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way.Ray had argued Alabama's execution procedure favors Christian inmates because a Christian chaplain employed by the prison typically remains in the execution chamber during a lethal injection, but the state would not let his imam be there in the room.Ray's imam, Yusef Maisonet, watched the execution from an adjoining witness room, after visiting with Ray over the past two days.Durham said did not know of any other state where the execution protocol calls for a Christian chaplain to be present in the execution chamber.Owden pleaded guilty to murder, testified against Ray and is serving a life sentence without parole.
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