April 15, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has ordered a DNA test in a 1982 murder case that sent a man to death row.
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. Tommy Arthur is on death row for the killing.
The Jefferson County judge instructed the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences on Wednesday to test clothing belonging to Judy Wicker, who was convicted of murder in her husband's death and served 10 years in prison.
The judge also ordered tests on a piece of hair found on a slipper.
The 44-year-old Gilbert testified Tuesday during a hearing and stood behind a sworn statement he signed last year about his role in the slaying.
The judge asked for the results in 45 days.