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Ala. AG Seeks Execution Date For Tommy Arthur

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Attorney General's Office has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Tommy Arthur.

The attorney general's office asked the court Friday to reconsider a ruling last month declining to schedule an execution date. In the motion, Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said it was time to schedule the 69-year-old Arthur's execution for the Feb. 1, 1982 shooting death of Troy Wicker at his home in Muscle Shoals. Arthur was an inmate at a Decatur work release facility at the time of Wicker's death.

The state Supreme Court stopped his scheduled 2008 execution when another inmate claimed he killed Wicker. Arthur's attorneys argued setting an execution date would be premature because the U.S. Supreme Court never ruled on the latest appeal.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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