Attorney seeks DNA evidence in Arthur appeal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An attorney for death row inmate Thomas
Douglas Arthur has requested DNA evidence from his capital murder
trial in a bid to prove his innocence in a 1982 contract killing in
Colbert County.

Attorney Suhana Han recently filed the request in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Attorney General Troy King's office has until Dec. 8 to file a response to the DNA request.

The 66-year-old Arthur was sentenced to die for the shooting death of Troy Wicker.

The Alabama Supreme Court on July 31 postponed executing Arthur after arguments over DNA testing and an inmate's claim in a sworn
statement to defense attorneys that he committed the murder that sent the Arthur to death row.

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