Thursday, October 14, 2010

Donald Ray Wackerly Executed

Oklahoma serves justice.

The Associated Press
Thursday, October 14, 2010; 8:18 PM

McALESTER, Okla. -- A man convicted in the 1996 fatal shooting of a fisherman in eastern Oklahoma was put to death Thursday as Buddhist monks chanted inside the execution chamber.

Donald Ray Wackerly, 41, received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m.

A converted Buddhist, Wackerly requested that two spiritual advisers witness his death. Wackerly and the monks both repeatedly recited a six-syllable chant - "om mani padme hum" - during the execution. Wackerly's attorneys also joined in the chant.

One of Wackerly's attorneys described it as a "mantra of ultimate compassion."

As part of an agreement with prison officials, Wackerly's spiritual adviser was allowed to remain inside the death chamber and perform several rituals on his corpse.

Wackerly was convicted in the shooting death of 51-year-old Pan Sayakhoummane (sy-ak-hoo-MAHN'-ee) during a robbery in Sequoyah County.

The Laos native from Fort Smith, Ark., was shot between seven and nine times with a .22-caliber rifle in the head, back, chest, arm, wrist and hand. His body was found the next day in his partly submerged pickup truck in the Arkansas River. Source.


  1. Anonymous13:27

    It is a shame he did not died like his victim

  2. He may have converted but the flesh still has to pay. Good riddance.


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