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Stays of Execution / Re: Thomas Arthur - AL - 2/19/...
Last post by deeg - May 26, 2017, 07:28:42 PM
I was surprised that it was Justice Clarence Thomas who offered the stay.  I wonder why and then what changed.  Regardless, he is dead and peace to the victim's family and friends.
Last words and such...

In a statement before the execution, Arthur read out the names of his children. "I'm sorry I failed you as a father. I love you more than anything on earth," he said, his voice cracking.

Arthur did not request a last meal and refused his breakfast as well.


Arthur was the 1st condemned murderer executed in Alabama this year and the 59th since executions resumed.
His was the 12th 2017 US execution and the 1454th since 1976.

The skinny...

Dubbed the Houdini of death by dodging seven previous X dates his luck ran out on number eight.  He bought five extra hours of life with a last minute appeal to SCOTUS but this was denied and the lights went out at 11:50 PM CDT...just 10 minutes before the death warrant expired.

Up next...

Robert Bryant Melson is set to be executed on June 8 in Alabama for the 1994 handgun slayings of James Baker, Darryl Collier and Tamika Collins.
Stays of Execution / Re: Thomas Arthur - AL - 25/05...
Last post by Londoner77 - May 26, 2017, 09:21:21 AM
They finally zapped the Houdini of death row (JUST)

According to the Attorney general,  the execution started at 23:50 and that since it was before midnight even though it was 'not exactly protocol' they carried on anyway
(You can appeal that one to your new pal Satan,  what a shame ;D )

ATMORE, Ala. - Tommy Arthur, who escaped seven previous execution dates, was put to death by lethal injection for his conviction in a 1982 murder-for-hire, reported.

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Alabama correctional officials said the 75-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Friday. The execution began about 11:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the death warrant was to expire, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said.

Arthur was convicted in the fatal shooting of Troy Wicker as Wicker slept in his Muscle Shoals home, according to court documents. Wicker’s wife initially blamed an intruder, but later testified she promised Arthur $10,000 to kill her husband, The Associated Press reported.

Arthur was nicknamed the “Houdini” of death row because he had eluded execution seven times. He was executed at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

The inmate gave a thumbs up gesture with his left hand to his daughter, Sherrie. who was in the witness room, reported.

In a statement before the execution, Arthur read out the names of his children. "I'm sorry I failed you as a father. I love you more than anything on earth," he said, his voice cracking.

The execution was to have begun at 6 p.m. but was delayed by appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the execution had not begun by midnight, the state would have had to seek another execution date, reported.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he hoped Wicker’s family can begin to recover.

"Thirty-four years after he was first sentenced to death for the murder of a Colbert County man, Thomas Arthur's protracted attempt to escape justice is finally at an end,” Marshall said. “Most importantly, tonight, the family of Troy Wicker can begin the long-delayed process of recovery from a painful loss."
Alabama Death Row inmate Tommy Arthur asks US Supreme Court to stop execution for 8th time

Updated on May 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM

By Kent Faulk
With three hours remaining until his scheduled execution, the life of Alabama Death Row inmate Tommy Arthur rests in the hands of The United States Supreme Court and Gov. Kay Ivey.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals this afternoon denied requests from Arthur's attorneys to stop the lethal injection.

Arthur is set to be executed at 6 p.m. at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker Jr. in Muscle Shoals.

It is the eighth time since 2001 Alabama has set an execution date for Arthur, nicknamed the "Houdini of Death Row" for his escape from the first seven times - often at the last hour - mainly due to legal wrangling by his attorneys.

Arthur, 75, is the second oldest inmate on death row. He also is the third-longest serving inmate among Alabama's 184 death row inmates.

The inmate's attorneys haven't heard whether Ivey will stop the execution, which would be her first execution as governor.

However, Ivey today informed Arthur's attorney she was once again denying their request for DNA testing for hair samples associated with the case. "DNA testing of the hair samples would serve no purpose but to confirm a fact that has already been presented to the three separate juries, all of whom convicted Arthur of capital murder," wrote Ivey's general counsel, Bryan Taylor.

Appeals pending

Arthur and his attorneys are seeking a stay of execution so they can further litigate his challenges on two issues.

On Tuesday, Arthur won a legal victory when the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a judge's ruling that rejected Arthur's claim that the Legislature, not the prison system, should decide on the method and drugs used in executions. Arthur's attorneys then quickly filed an emergency request for a stay of execution to that court, stating that his execution should wait until litigation over their claims that the legislature should select the lethal injection drugs is completed.

Arthur's appeal to the U.S. 11th Circuit, based on Arthur's challenge to Alabama's method of execution that includes the drug midazolam as one of the three drugs, was denied earlier this afternoon.
And the noose tightens...

Latest: Alabama High Court Refuses to Block Execution

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on the scheduled execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):

 1:10 p.m.

 The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to halt the execution of an inmate, just hours before he is scheduled to die.

 The court on Thursday rejected a stay requested by inmate Tommy Arthur. He is set to be put to death by injection Thursday night.

 One justice dissented without comment.

 Arthur was seeking more time to pursue a lawsuit claiming Alabama improperly left key decisions regarding lethal injection procedures to state prison officials rather than legislators.

 Arthur's attorneys also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order that defense lawyers have access to a telephone during the execution. The lawyers say they want to be able to contact judges if the execution appears to go awry.

 The 75-year-old Arthur is on his eighth execution date. He was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker.

The 11th Circuit just shut him down as well.
Stays of Execution / Re: Thomas Arthur - AL - 2/19/...
Last post by deeg - May 24, 2017, 07:34:32 PM
Do I really care if they move and cough?  I don't want the murdering POS to suffer needlessly, however a little coughing and moving, doesn't compare to what the victims went through.  Enough already.  Off this cocky slimeball.
The Latest: Alabama inmate seeks execution stay

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Latest on the scheduled execution in Alabama (all times local):

 8:20 a.m.

 An Alabama inmate is asking an appellate court to stop his execution as he challenges the constitutionality of the state's death penalty procedures.

 Lawyers for Tommy Arthur filed the request Tuesday night with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Arthur has a pending lawsuit arguing Alabama improperly left decisions about how lethal injections are carried out to state prison officials.

 The stay request comes after the appellate court on Tuesday reversed a judge's decision to toss out the lawsuit. The court said since it should have been transferred to the court where his trial occurred.

 The state attorney general's office says the decision should not delay the execution.

 Arthur is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday. Arthur was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker.

 Arthur has had seven executions stayed previously.

The Latest: Death row inmate: Execution drugs won't work

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on the scheduled execution in Alabama (all times local):

 11:40 a.m.

 Lawyers for Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur say his lethal injection should be delayed because of issues with the state's execution drugs.

 His attorneys filed court papers Wednesday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They pointed to issues with the state's last lethal injection and say the state will give Arthur an ineffective anesthetic before giving him drugs to stop his lungs and heart.

 In December, inmate Ronald Bert Smith coughed for the first 13 minutes of his execution and moved slightly after two consciousness tests. Arthur's lawyers argued that Smith was awake during his execution. Alabama uses the sedative midazolam, which has come under scrutiny after some inmates moved and coughed.

 The state responded in a court filing that there was no evidence that Smith, or other inmates, experienced pain.

What the hell will they appeal next?  That he shouldn't get smoked because he is left handed?

Tommy Arthur: 'They are going to kill me this time'

 MONTGOMERY (AP) -- Tommy Arthur has had his execution postponed seven times since 2001, so many delays that victims' rights advocates derisively call him the "Houdini" of death row. 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."

Arthur, now 75, is set to be put to death at 6 p.m. Thursday for the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker in Muscle Shoals.

 Wicker's wife, Judy, initially told police she came home and was raped by a black man who shot and killed her husband. After her conviction, she changed her story and testified that she had discussed killing her husband with Arthur, who wore a wig and painted his face in an attempt to look like a black man.

 But he is unequivocal: "I did not commit that crime," he said during a recent telephone interview from prison.

 "I won't give up 'til I draw my last breath. I won't give up," he said.

 When police found Troy Wicker shot through the eye in his bed on Feb. 1, 1982.

Arthur was already in a prison work-release program in Decatur for the 1977 slaying of his sister-in-law. He admits to that crime, but says he only meant to scare her by firing a shot over her head

 Police first looked into Arthur when a tip came in saying a work-release inmate had a stack of $100 bills. Arthur said he won the money in a poker game. But investigators said they also found phone calls between Judy Wicker and Arthur.

 On the day of the murder, authorities said, Arthur walked away from the work release program in Decatur and drove to Muscle Shoals.

 He was convicted in 1983, but that conviction was overturned.

While awaiting retrial, he escaped from jail in 1986 by shooting a jailer in the neck with a pistol and forcing another jailer to open his cell door. He remained a fugitive for more than a month.

A second conviction followed and also was overturned, but a third conviction stuck.

 At each trial, Arthur -- initially to the surprise of his lawyers -- asked jurors to give him the death penalty. The decision was strategic, he said, to open up more appellate review.

 The state set execution dates for Arthur in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016. All were delayed as a pro bono legal team fought his convictions. Arthur has won multiple execution delays, partly because his attorneys have pursued appeals arguing lethal injection procedures would be painful because he suffers from a heart condition.

 "He's a Houdini," said Janette Grantham, director of the Victims of Crime and Leniency. "He always finds a way to escape."

 The many delays have been painful for Troy Wicker's family, Grantham said, including one of his sisters, who died of cancer soon after Arthur's last reprieve.

 "I consider that he killed her, too, because she just fought so hard to get justice for her brother, and it never came," Grantham said

 Arthur says that there is no physical evidence linking him to scene and that Judy Wicker changed her story as a "get out of jail free card." His defense has asked for modern DNA testing on the wig the killer wore, arguing the prosecution's case would "fall apart" if it shows someone else's DNA. Judy Wicker's rape kit cannot be found to be tested.

 He has appealed to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to intervene.

 Arthur's recent legal challenges have largely centered on the state's method of execution, including the use of the sedative midazolam to render inmates unconscious. The state's last execution using midazolam took longer than expected as the inmate coughed for the first 13 minutes of the procedure.

 In 2016, Arthur was minutes away from execution when the U.S. Supreme Court gave him an unexpected reprieve.

 "We were fixing to go into the room and they were going to put the needle in my arm," he said.

 Back then, he asked to put a picture of his four children on the back of his Bible so he could look up at them as he died. The request was denied. They are not expected to witness his execution Thursday.

 "I would like to publicly apologize to my children, all of them," he said. "I want to apologize for not being the father that I should have been and could have been. I failed as a father."

Yeah this guy's innocent...uh huh.
Court reverses death row inmate case; Attorney General says execution still on

 Alabama Death Row inmate Tommy Arthur won a victory in court Tuesday, just two days before his scheduled execution, when a state appeals court reversed a judge's ruling that rejected Arthur's claim that the legislature, not the prison system, should decide on the method of execution.

 But the Alabama Attorney General's Office says the ruling won't stop plans for Arthur's execution Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Holman Correctional Facility.

"I consulted with our capital litigation team. The Thomas Arthur execution is not off. No change," Mike Lewis, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office wrote in an email to

 Arthur's attorneys also agreed that the ruling does not stay the execution.

 It is the eighth time since 2001 that the state has set an execution for Arthur for his conviction in the 1982 shooting death of Troy Wicker.

 The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday afternoon reversed the ruling last month by Montgomery Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs. "This matter is remanded to that court for it to vacate its judgment and transfer the case to the Jefferson Circuit Court ... Once the matter is transferred to the Jefferson Circuit Court, that court should hold it in abeyance until this Court issues its certificate of judgment," according to the appeals court ruling.

 The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals does not rule that Arthur's challenge is correct, just that Hobbs should have transferred it to the Jefferson Circuit Court, the court in which Arthur was convicted.

 Arthur's attorneys had argued that one reason why Arthur should not be executed is because the Alabama Legislature, not the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), should be the one to decide what lethal injection drugs should be used for executions, according to Arthur's motion.

 The prison system also has been secretive about its' lethal injection drugs and is withholding review of public records on the last two executions, which the motion says were botched, Arthur's motion states.

 "The Legislature's abdication of its role to set the state's execution law violates the improper delegation doctrine and the Alabama Constitution," Arthur's motion stated. "The role of the legislature is particularly critical given the controversial nature of the ADOC's current midazolam-based execution protocol."

 ADOC's current lethal injection protocol uses three drugs: midazolam, a sedative that is used in medical practice to reduce anxiety; procuronium bromide, a paralytic; and potassium chloride, a chemical salt to stop the heart, according to the motion.

 "The choice of the first drug (midazolam) to be used is critical, because without an effective anesthetic, the second and third drugs would cause unbearable pain," Arthur's lawyers state. "But the drug the ADOC chose (in secret), midazolam, is not used in medical practice as a general anesthetic; rather, it is an anti-anxiety sedative in the same drug family as Valium and Xanax, and its use in lethal injection has been extremely problematic."

 Hobbs in dismissing Arthur's complaint stated that Arthur should have filed it as a Rule 32 petition, which would have been precluded from being filed as being successive and past the deadline for such an appeal.
2nd execution scheduled for Ohio killer who survived '09 execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court has set a new execution date for a convicted killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009.

The court last week scheduled the lethal procedure for death row inmate Romell Broom for June 17, 2020.

Broom was sentenced to die for abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984.

The 62-year-old Broom is only the second U.S. inmate to survive an execution after the process began.

The state stopped Broom's execution after two hours in September 2009, when executioners failed to find a usable vein following 18 attempts to insert needles.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley says Broom has stalled his execution for years with appeals.

Broom's attorneys say Broom has important appeals still pending.
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