Tommy Arthur Scheduled to be Executed Tomorrow

May 24, 2017

Alabama Death Row Unit at William C. Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore, Ala.
Credit EJI

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

Tommy Arthur still maintains his innocence, but he conceded in a phone interview with the Associated Press from prison that his hopes of winning another reprieve are diminishing. Still, the 75-year-old inmate says he "won't give up."

Arthur was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire of Muscle Shoals businessman Troy Wicker. Wicker's wife Judy Wicker initially testified that a man broke into their house, raped her and killed her husband. After she was convicted of her husband's murder, she testified that she had paid Arthur $10,000 to kill her husband.

Arthur's legal team has challenged the state of Alabama’s lethal injection procedures, including the use of midazolam as a sedative, which many inmates and advocates argue has been ineffective.