|Alabama executes Domineque Ray for 1995 Selma murder|
|By montgomeryadvertiser.com- Melissa Brown|
Alabama death row inmate Domineque Ray died by lethal injection Thursday evening.
Prison officials recorded his time of death as 10:12 p.m.
Ray was executed after an 11th-hour ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a stay of execution pending a religious rights claim. Ray, a Muslim, had argued Alabama's practice of including a Christian prison chaplain in the execution chamber was in violation of the First Amendment. Ray sought to have his imam present at the time of his death.
Imam Yusef Maisonet, Ray's spiritual adviser, witnessed Ray's execution from an adjoining chamber, which held media and prison officials. Two lawyers accompanied Maisonet.
When the curtain opened at 9:44 p.m., Ray lifted his head from the gurney, looking into the witness room. With his right hand in a fist, he extended a pointer finger.
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