Dates Set for Two Alabama Executions

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Alabama Supreme Court has set execution dates for two state inmates. Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be executed on November 3RD. Arthur was convicted of the 1982 murder-for-hire of a Muscle Shoals man. Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to be executed on December 8TH. Smith was convicted in the 1994 robbery and slaying of a Huntsville convenience store clerk. The state is seeking to resume executions after a more than two-year lull due to the scarcity of lethal injection drugs and ongoing litigation over the death penalty. The state carried out its first execution since 2013 in January. An appellate court in May halted the execution of Vernon Madison just hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

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