The US Supreme Court issues a temporary stay on the execution of an Alabama death row inmate. The nation’s high court stayed the execution of Tommy Arthur, pending further order from the justices. Arthur was scheduled to be executed at 6 this evening. Arthur’s attorneys filed two last-minute appeals to the court. One challenges the use of a drug in the state’s lethal injection protocol and the other calls for a telephone in the death chamber so lawyers can call the court if something goes wrong. The 75-year-old Arthur is on his eighth execution date. He was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker.