MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama is set to execute a man who had planned to lethal injection, delayed by the court seven times.
Seventy-five-year-old Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be killed Thursday for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker.
Judy Wicker initially told police that a black man broke into the house, raped her and killed her husband. After her condemnation, she testified that Arthur killed her husband, while wearing a wig and make-up.
Arthur’s legal team has until the last minute appeals seeking to stay the execution. They argued the state intends to make use of an unreliable sedative and has refused DNA testing on the wig.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Arthur is a shining example of how a convicted killer can manipulate the legal system to avoid justice.”
Arthur loves his innocence.