- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court is clearing the way for the execution of an Alabama inmate next week.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday lifted a stay of execution for death row inmate Tommy Arthur. The decision came at the request of the state.

The court says Arthur’s execution can go ahead on Feb. 19.

The court says Arthur can file additional challenges, but his attorneys need to do so quickly.

Arthur contends Alabama’s lethal injection method is unconstitutional. His lawyers say Alabama uses the same chemicals that led to botched executions in other states.

Arthur has been on death row since 1983 for the contract killing of Muscle Shoals businessman Troy Wicker in 1982. He’s successfully fought off multiple execution dates and says he is innocent.

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