Execution dates set for 2 Alabama inmates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has set execution dates for two state inmates.

Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 3. Arthur was convicted of the 1982 murder-for-hire of a Muscle Shoals man.

Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 8. Smith was convicted in the 1994 robbery and slaying of a Huntsville convenience store clerk.

Alabama is seeking to resume executions after a more-than-two-year lull as the state faced a scarcity of lethal injection drugs and ongoing litigation over the death penalty.

The state in January carried out its first execution since 2013.

An appellate court in May halted the execution of Vernon Madison just hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

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