Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Man who had lethal injection delayed 7 times to be executed

Alabama Department of Corrections shows Tommy Arthur at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore Ala. The Alabama inmate who has had seven executions postponed is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injectio Man who had lethal injection delayed 7 times to be executed
Kayla Schwartz | 26 May, 2017, 00:16

An Alabama inmate who has had seven executions postponed is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Thursday.

Arthur, in a telephone interview from a south Alabama prison, maintained his innocence.

Still, the 75-year-old who is known derisively by victims' advocates as the "Houdini" of death row for the number of execution stays he has won vows he "won't give up".

We will have a crew at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore to bring you that latest on an execution date set for tonight. Wicker's wife at first claimed she was raped by a burglar who then killed her husband. He maintains his innocence after more than three decades on death row for the 1982 murder of his girlfriend's husband.

"While Arthur cherry-picks a few of these executions to seize on exaggerated accounts of movement or labored breathing, he wholly ignores the overwhelmingly majority of these executions, which by all accounts were unremarkable and proceeded smoothly", the state said in court filings this week.

The legal saga began February 1, 1982, when police responded to a call about a break-in and found riverboat engineer Troy Wicker slain in his bed in the north Alabama city of Muscle Shoals.

Arthur's attorney Suhana Han this morning filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the 11 Circuit's ruling on the cell phone issue.

At the time of the murder, Arthur was out of prison on work release, having served five years of a life sentence for the second-degree murder of Eloise West, the sister of his common-law wife.

"I'm terrified, but there's nothing I can do".

Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Tommy Arthur who was convicted in the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker. Arthur nicknamed the Houdini of death row after having seventh executions postponed is facing

Midazolam was deployed in the most recent Alabama execution of Ron Smith in December, when the inmate heaved and coughed for 13 minutes.

"For many years, Thomas Arthur has abused the judicial process by heaving frivolous and baseless claims on the courts at the last minute in an effort to delay his lawful execution for a heinous crime he committed in 1982", Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall recently wrote in March after one of Arthur's appeals to block another execution date from being set. All were delayed as a pro bono legal team fought his convictions.

If Arthur can get his execution date postponed, it wouldn't be the first time. After her conviction, she testified that Arthur killed her husband while wearing a wig and makeup.

Arthur was convicted of capital murder in 1983. The decision was strategic, he said, to open up more appellate review. "He always finds a way to escape".

Arthur's case has become a flash point for people on all sides of the death penalty, The New York Times reported.

"It nearly killed my eldest daughter, Sherrie", he said.

"On May 25, 2017, the [Alabama Department of Corrections] intends to use the same failed protocol it used to execute Mr. Smith on Mr. Arthur", Arthur's defense attorneys argue in court documents.

Arthur insists there is no physical evidence linking him to the scene and that Judy Wicker changed her story as a "get out of jail free card". He says he is innocent and is fighting for an eighth reprieve, but he is losing optimism: "They are going to kill me this time".

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