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Alabama inmate scheduled for execution in 1982 murder-for-hire

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An Alabama inmate who was convicted in the 1982 killing of a man in a murder-for-hire arrangement is scheduled to die Thursday.

Tommy Arthur, 74, was convicted of killing Troy Wicker as he slept inside his Muscle Shoals home. Wicker's wife initially said she had been raped and an intruder killed her husband, but she later testified she had sex with Arthur and paid him $10,000 to kill her husband.

She also testified that Arthur, who is white, wore a wig and makeup to disguise himself as an African-American man when he shot her husband.