ATMORE, Ala. - The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for convicted murderer Tommy Arthur. The formal stay of execution came about an hour after a temporary stay was granted Thursday night.
Arthur has been on Alabama’s death row for more than 30 years for the 1982 contract killing of a Muscle Shoals man. Although Arthur maintains his innocence in the shooting death of Troy Wicker, he was convicted of the crime three times, by three separate juries. His first two convictions were overturned on technicalities.
Arthur has escaped six other dates with death as a result of various legal challenges and appeals. In fact, Arthur’s challenge of Alabama’s lethal drug injection protocol effectively stopped executions in the state for two years.