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Alabama
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Competing Affidavits On Eve Of Arthur Execution
(2008-07-30)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Attorneys are spending the eve of Thomas Arthur's planned execution in court.

The attorneys have dueling affidavits from a convicted murderer who claims he's guilty of the killing that sent Arthur to death row and another disputing that claim.

The crossfire comes as the 66-year-old Arthur faces lethal injection at 6 p.m. (CDT) Thursday at Holman Prison.

He been convicted three times in the Feb. 1, 1982 killing of Troy Wicker Jr. of Muscle Shoals and has come within a day of execution twice before winning court delays.

Arthur's attorneys claim DNA testing can exonerate him.

They're seeking a stay of execution from Gov. Bob Riley and the courts by using an affidavit from convicted murderer Bobby Ray Gilbert, who is serving a life sentence at St. Clair Correctional Facility.

But Wicker's widow, Judy Wicker, who served a prison sentence for hiring the killer, said in an affidavit that she never met Gilbert and again accused Arthur of the killing.

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