The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the execution of a man on death row on Wednesday because his desire to have his pastor lay hands on him and say prayers as he died was not fulfilled.
The Supreme Court’s order said:
The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted. The motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. The Clerk is directed to establish a briefing schedule that will allow the case to be argued in October or November 2021.
In the ruling, the high court revealed that the case would be argued and heard later this year.
The inmate was convicted of murdering a 46-year-old man named Pablo Castro who worked at a convenience store in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2004. Castro had nine children and had worked at the store for over ten years when he was murdered.