Six men who served decades on death row before DNA testing proved their innocence today called on Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to grant DNA testing to Tommy Arthur before allowing the state to execute a man who could be innocent. Arthur has claimed his innocence for nearly a quarter-century on death row, but the courts and Riley have repeatedly denied him access to the DNA tests that could show his innocence or guilt.
The six death row exonerees wrote: “If we had never been granted DNA testing, we might not be alive today. Few people have been in Mr. Arthur’s position, but we have and that’s why we’re appealing to you to order DNA testing in this case. His execution has been delayed by the U.S. Supreme Court for other reasons, leaving plenty of time for DNA testing to be completed if you order it now.”
And more than 1,200 people have sent emails to Gov. Bob Riley urging him to grant testing in Arthur’s case. Dozens of people are sending emails to Riley today –
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