LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man charged with killing a U.S. Army soldier from Conway and wounding another outside a recruiting station in Little Rock wants to fire his attorney.

Abdulhakim Muhammad says in a letter to Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright that he'll fire Memphis, Tenn., attorney Claiborne Ferguson at an Aug. 17 court hearing. It says he wants to avoid delays and will ask the court to appoint a defense attorney.

Ferguson is running for a judgeship in Tennessee and could be forced to withdraw from the case if he wins. He declined comment Friday.

Court files show the letter was dated July 15 and delivered on Tuesday.

Muhammad is charged in the June 2009 shooting that killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.