Muhammad ready for July trial after final hearing
After more than two years and now eighteen court appearances accused soldier killer Abdulhakim Muhammad is ready to stand trial in Little Rock. He called his case a “sham trial” outside a Pulaski County courtroom Monday morning.
In what is supposed to be the final hearing for the 25-year old before his death penalty case starts in July, attorneys said Monday all pre trial details are done. The case is ready is for a jury.
But this case has been a repeated volley of start and stops. Trial dates for June 2010 and then again in February were delayed for mental evaluations and Muhammad's constant public squabbles with this defense counsel.
He and his attorneys maintain he's a part of al-qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula based out of Yemen. Muhammad has even said he shot and killed Private William Long of Conway on orders from the terror group.
That is a theory prosecutors have repeatedly said they don't buy.
The Tennessee native consistently refers to proceedings in Pulaski County as a "sham trial". In letters to Pulaski County circuit judge Herb Wright he's asked to plead guilty repeatedly. But because this is a death penalty case a trial must be held.
Attorneys for both sides declined comment after the hearing on Monday.
After trying to fire his attorneys almost half a dozen times, Muhammad will stick with the same defense team as his trial nears. Jury selection is set to begin July 18th.
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