Alabama finally executes 'Houdini' of death row, previously avoided 7 executions


(Tommy Arthur - Alabama Department of Corrections)

(Tommy Arthur - Alabama Department of Corrections)

Today Alabama finally executed a 75-year-old inmate, who had spent more than three decades on death row and wiggled his way out of seven previous execution dates.

Tommy Arthur was convicted of killing his girlfriend's husband in 1982. Three juries found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as he slept. Two convictions were overturned on constitutional grounds, but Arthur was sentenced to death after his third conviction in 1991.

It's a sentence he fought his whole time in prison, as he maintained he never did the crime:

"Honest to goodness. I did not commit this crime."

 He was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. with no complications.

Before he bit the dust he said goodbye to his kids:

"I'm sorry I failed you as a father. I love you more than anything on earth."

So long, Tommy Arthur. Read more at NBC News.


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