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Jefferson County Judge Teresa Pulliam orders limited DNA
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Jefferson County Judge Teresa Pulliam orders limited DNA testing in
Thomas Arthur case

Posted by Erin Stock -- Birmingham News April 15, 2009 6:05 PM

Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur talks with one of his
attorneys Jordan Razza during testimony Tuesday from Bobby Ray
Gilbert during a hearing to determine if Arthur had the right to have
crime scene DNA tested.

A Jefferson County, Alabama, judge today ordered DNA testing in the
1982 murder-for-hire that landed Thomas Arthur on Death Row, but only
as it relates to determining whether another man who confessed to the
shooting death is telling the truth.
Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam ordered tests on a wig that Bobby Ray
Gilbert said he wore when he killed Troy Wicker Jr. at his Muscle
Shoals home. She also instructed the Alabama Department of Forensic
Sciences to test clothing items belonging to Judy Wicker, who was
convicted of murder in her husband's death and served 10 years in
prison. Finally, a piece of hair found on a slipper will be tested as
well.

"It would be an easy thing for me to go ahead and make a finding. But
I have the advantage and the opportunity to have science perhaps
disprove my preliminary feeling about Mr. Gilbert's affidavit," she
said. "Because I do have that opportunity, I'm going to let science
do its work."

The judge asked for the results in 45 days.

The Alabama Supreme Court stayed the execution date for Arthur while
Pulliam decides if Gilbert's confession should be considered new
evidence for Arthur to request a new trial. Gilbert, who is serving
life without parole for two murders and other crimes, confessed in
July 2008, less than a week before Arthur was to be executed.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/04/jefferson_county_judge_teresa.html

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