LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court will decide if a Memphis man charged with shooting two soldiers at a Little Rock military recruiting station will have his defense paid for by the state.
A Pulaski County circuit judge ruled that the state's Public Defender Commission should pay to defend 24-year-old Mujahid Muhammad. The agency appealed that decision and the state Supreme Court on Thursday ordered an expedited hearing in the case.
Muhammad is charged with capital murder of 23-year-old Army Pvt. William Long of Conway and the wounding of another soldier outside the recruiting station last June 1. Muhammad has claimed the shootings were justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.
His murder trial is set for this June. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.