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Alabama inmate asks Supreme Court for stay of Dec. 6 execution
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur,
scheduled to die December 6th for a 1982 killing in Colbert County,
has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his lethal injection.
Arthur contends there are constitutional issues raised in a
Kentucky case concerning that method of execution.
Arthur, now 65, renewed his bid to block his execution after a
45-day reprieve from Governor Bob Riley expired. The governor
granted a temporary reprieve within hours of Arthur's September
27th execution date so the state court make minor changes in its
On Monday, the high court refused to let Arthur's attorneys try
to prove his innocence through DNA testing. A response from the
Alabama attorney general's office to the renewed claim is expected
to be filed by tomorrow (Thursday).
Arthur was sentenced to death for the 1982 slaying of
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