Tommy Arthur, convicted in 1982 Muscle Shoals murder, now set for execution Feb. 19
(WHNT) – Tommy Arthur, whose execution in Alabama has been delayed several times in recent years, is once again set to die by lethal injection. The new date is February 19, 2015 at Holman Prison in Atmore. He is one of Alabama’s longest-serving death row inmates.
Arthur’s execution has been scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Thursday, February 12, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted its stay on Arthur’s execution, paving the way for the state to put him to death. However, the court indicated Arthur still has the avenue of seeking an injunction or restraining order through federal district court.
Arthur called WHNT News 19 collect on Thursday morning to inform us of this development in the case.
Arthur was convicted of killing Muscle Shoals businessman Troy Wicker in 1982, in a murder-for-hire case. He’s been on death row since 1983, with his execution being delayed at least five times.
The latest delay had to do with Arthur’s appeal of drugs used to execute inmates. His attorneys argue it could be cruel and unusual punishment. This is one of a number of appeals in different states over the new drug combinations used in lethal injections.