Tommy Arthur, Inmate Who Escaped Death 7 Times, Is Executed

Tommy Arthur, a convicted hitman nicknamed “Houdini” by a victims’ group because he escaped execution seven times, was put to death early Friday morning in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to give him an eighth reprieve.

Arthur, 75, was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. from a lethal injection at Holman Correctional Facility. Media witnesses reported that he mouthed “I love you” to his daughter and gave her a thumb’s up.

The execution capped 11th hour legal drama that is common in capital cases.

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Tommy Arthur in a mugshot taken at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala.