A convicted inmate in US was executed on Friday because of 1982 murder, according to local news report.
The State of Alabama has executed a 75-year-old inmate who had spent more than three decades on death row and faced seven previous execution dates after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s husband in 1982.
Tommy Arthur, 75 year old, was put to death via lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. in Atmore, Alabama, says prison spokesman Bob Horton.
Horton said there were no complications during the execution.
The jail official also said that the executed inmate bids goodbye to his children before his execution.
“I’m sorry I failed you as a father. I love you more than anything on earth,” Arthur said, according to Horton.
The execution of Arthur was conducted shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his “fate” as it considered arguments from his attorneys.
Meanwhile, according to Arthur’s lawyers argued that the use of the drug midazolam during the lethal injection was unconstitutional and questioned the legality of the state prohibiting a witness from having a cell phone to make a call if the execution went awry.
“When Thomas Arthur enters the execution chamber tonight, he will leave his constitutional rights at the door,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent against the order to lift the stay.
The 75-year-old inmate had maintained his innocence for the 1982 murder of his girlfriend’s husband.
Tracking the 1982 muder case, three juries had found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as he slept. Two convictions were overturned on constitutional grounds.
After his third conviction in 1991, Arthur asked the jury to sentence him to death.
He fought his punishment since.
“Until I take my last breath, I’ll have hope,” Arthur told NBC News in an interview last week.
In November, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Arthur’s previous scheduled execution after he argued Alabama’s lethal injection procedures amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
In new appeals, Arthur said Alabama in December injected inmate Ronald Smith with painful execution drugs while Smith was still conscious.
State attorneys said evidence backs the drug protocol.
The executed inmate’s lawyer says no physical evidence links Arthur to the murder, and Alabama has refused to allow DNA testing of a wig worn by the killer.
He was the 12th person executed this year in the United States and the first in Alabama, the Death Penalty Information Center said.