A 75-year-old Alabama man is scheduled to die today for a murder he maintains he did not commit.
Thomas “Tommy” Arthur is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. CDT today despite pleas from his attorneys for DNA testing of evidence they say may clear him of the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker.
Thomas Arthur, 75, on Alabama’s death row.
His execution has been stayed seven previous times due to uncertainty surrounding the case. Wicker’s wife Judy initially said a black male intruder raped her and knocked her unconscious, then shot and killed her husband. According to Mother Jones, police did not believe her account and charged her with hiring someone to kill her husband. As part of a plea deal, Judy told police that her lover, Arthur, dressed in a wig and makeup to look like a black man and shot Wicker, according to ABC News.
Arthur is asking for a stay so that DNA testing can be performed on the wig.
He has spent the past 25 of his 34 years in prison in solitary confinement, in a five by eight-foot cell at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.
“Everyone has a fear of dying,” Arthur told Mother Jones, “ . . . but the state of Alabama is going to—and I don’t use this word lightly—murder me for something I didn’t do.”
Call Alabama Governor Kay Ivey at (334) 242-7100 and urge her to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur so that DNA testing can be performed.
Read the Mother Jones interview with Arthur here.