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Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama man convicted in murder-for-hire scheme

Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama man convicted in murder-for-hire scheme

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the execution of an Alabama inmate convicted in a 1982 murder-for-hire.

The court on Thursday night stayed the execution of Tommy Arthur without comment until further order of the court.

Arthur, 74, had been scheduled to be executed Thursday night by lethal injection at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

Prison system spokesman Bob Horton said the state would wait until Arthur's death warrant expired at midnight to determine whether the execution can proceed.

Arthur was convicted of killing Troy Wicker with a gunshot through the eye as Wicker slept inside his Muscle Shoals home.

Wicker's wife initially...

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