US Supreme Court grants stay of execution for Thomas Arthur
|12/5/2007, 4:02 p.m. CST |
The Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur.
The 65-year-old Arthur was facing lethal injection Thursday at Holman prison, but the high court blocked his execution Wednesday afternoon.
The court already is considering a challenge to lethal injection in a Kentucky case. A ruling in that case is expected next year and a stay for Arthur was anticipated by attorneys on both sides.
Arthur was sentenced to death for the 1982 killing of Troy Wicker of Muscle Shoals.