Tommy Arthur’s execution delayed by two hours for U.S. Supreme Court review

Thomas D. Arthur (Photo provided by AL Dept. of Corrections)

Thomas D. Arthur (Photo provided by AL Dept. of Corrections)

ATMORE, Ala. – Convicted murderer Tommy Arthur’s execution has been delayed.

According to our reporter on the scene, the U.S. Supreme Court has asked the State of Alabama to delay the execution.

State officials agreed to a two-hour delay.

Our newspartners at AL.com report that this will allow the Supreme Court to consider motions made today by Arthur’s attorneys. His attorneys filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay after the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block the execution.

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.