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Attorney: Soldier's Death Might Have Been Stopped

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Little Rock, Ark. (AP) -- An attorney for a man accused of shooting and killing a soldier at a Little Rock Army recruiting station says he's concerned the FBI could have prevented the attack.

Claiborne Ferguson, an attorney for Abdulhakim Muhammad, also said Friday that it's unlikely he'll use an insanity defense.

He did say he has not ruled out seeking a mental evaluation for Muhammad, who previously lived in Ohio.

Also today, a defense motion to delay the capital murder trial from February until June was granted.

Defense attorneys say they need more time to prepare.

Muhammad has pleaded not guilty in the June shooting death of Private William Andrew Long.

He told the Associated Press in a telephone interview in June that he considered the shooting justified.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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