Bishops asks Supreme Court to allow presence of chaplain in execution chamber for death row inmate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVEO) — The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops are asking the Supreme Court to allow a chaplain in the execution of Ruben Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has been on death row since 1999 after being convicted for the murder of Escolastica Harrison.

Ruben Gutierrez’s execution is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

In support of Gutierrez, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops will be presenting an amicus brief, which is in the process of being filed, said a release.

“Through hundreds of previous executions, the state of Texas has recognized that people being executed have the right to be in the presence of religious advisors when they face the end of their lives,” said Shawn Nolan, one of Gutierrez’s attorneys in a press release.

Gutierrez filed for a stay of execution earlier this month. The state denied the request. The stay was lifted Friday by a judge.

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