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ATMORE, Ala. – At the latest on the execution of Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur (all times are local):

1:48 pm

The daughter of an Alabama inmate who was put to death Thursday says that there should be mandatory DNA testing at the crime scene, evidence in capital cases, executions are carried out.

Sherrie Stone said at a press conference early Friday about an hour after her father, Tommy Arthur, received a lethal injection in a prison in the south west of Alabama.

Arthur was convicted in the fatal shooting of another man, Troy Wicker in 1982 in a murder-for hire scheme.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey had refused a request from Arthur to do DNA tests on the crime scene hair samples.

Stone said she vacillated over the years on the question of whether she thought her father was guilty or innocent. Stone said Friday, “Now I will never know the truth.”

Ivey’s lawyer said jurors knew the hair, because of their type, not of Arthur, but sentenced him anyway.

Stone also offered her condolences to the Wicker’s family.


12:15 pm

Alabama has killed Tommy Arthur, the man who in the previous seven execution dates for his conviction in a 1982 murder-for-hire.

Officials say the 75-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at 12:15 pm CDT on Friday after a lethal injection in a south Alabama prison.

Arthur was convicted in the fatal shooting death of Troy Wicker as he slept in his Muscle Shoals home. Wicker woman in the first instance, the guilt of an intruder, but later testified she promised Arthur $10,000 to kill her husband.

The execution following years of appeals by Arthur interrogation of Alabama injection procedure and other issues. But Arthur, who maintained innocence, told The Associated Press by phone Monday, he knew the chances of an eighth stay of execution were taken away.

“I am terrified, but there’s nothing I can do,” he said.


10:45 pm

The Supreme court of the V. S., says the planned execution of an Alabama inmate can go.

The court late Thursday that the execution of Tommy Arthur could after the issuance of a temporary stay earlier in the day.

Arthur was scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. He was convicted for the murder of Troy Wicker in 1982 as the man slept in his Muscle Shoals home. The 75-year-old is on his eighth execution date and maintained his innocence.

The nation’s highest court for a temporary stay “pending further order” of the judges late Thursday afternoon.

Arthur’s lawyers had submitted two last-minute appeal to the judge. One challenged the use of a drug in the state’s lethal injection protocol, and the other called for a phone in the death room, lawyers can call the judge if something goes wrong.

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