The sister of a Conway homicide suspect was appointed as his health care proxy.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. signed an order appointing 52-year-old homicide suspect Richard Eric Williford’s sister, Mary Green, as his health care proxy.

Defense Attorney Barry Keith Faulkner said in Faulkner County Circuit Court that the defendant was not receiving medications in jail and needed surgery on his hand and eye.

The order states that as health care proxy, "Any health care provider who has treated Richard E. Williford is ordered to discuss his medical condition, and upon request by her, release all records associated therewith to Mary Green … Green is ordered to provide all information to counsel for the Defendant and to testify in Court if called upon to do so."

Clawson said in circuit court Monday that he would sign an order for the sheriff’s office to provide Williford whatever medications he needed.

Faulkner said the defense needed more time to speak with doctors about Williford’s condition.

A March 28 pretrial was set in the matter to determine if Williford, who is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree battery, should be released on medical leave.

Williford is accused of killing 52-year-old Bradley Stinson and severely injuring 40-year-old Paul Taylor at a residence on Mount Gale Road in Conway.

If he is released on medical leave for surgery, Williford will be required to wear an ankle monitor.

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