Federal Appeals Court Stays Tommy Arthur’s Execution

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Our news partners, The Huntsville Times, report the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has postponed the execution of Tommy Arthur.

Arthur was scheduled to die next Thursday, March 29, by lethal injection.  He was convicted in a 1982 murder-for-hire case in Muscle Shoals.  His execution has now been delayed five times.

This delay has to do with Arthur’s appeal of Alabama’s decision to use a new sedative called pentobarbital, as part of a three-drug execution combination.  His attorneys argue it could be cruel and unusual punishment.