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Prosecutor: Won't waive death penalty in GI shootings (Al-Qaida perp now pleads guilty)
Arkansas Online ^ | 1/22/10 | Andrew DeMillo

Posted on 01/22/2010 3:19:41 PM PST by Libloather

Prosecutor: Won't waive death penalty in GI shootings
By By Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press
Friday, January 22, 2010 5:11 p.m.

A prosecutor said Friday that he won’t waive the death penalty in the slaying of a soldier outside an Arkansas military recruiting center after the suspect asked to change his plea and claimed ties to al-Qaida.

Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley said he still planned to move forward with the June trial of Abdulhakim Muhammad, who faces capital murder and attempted capital murder charges. Pvt. William Long of Conway was killed in the June 1 shooting in Little Rock. Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded.

Muhammad has sent a letter to the judge in his case asking to change his plea to guilty. In the two-page, handwritten letter, Muhammad claims that he is affiliated with an al-Qaida offshoot in Yemen.

“My lawyer has no defense,” Muhammad wrote in the two-page letter, dated Jan. 12. “I wasn’t insane or post-traumatic nor was I forced to do this act.”

Muhammad wrote that he believed the shooting was justified under Islamic law.

Muhammad’s attorney says that under Arkansas law prosecutors would have to agree to waive the death penalty for a judge to consider the request. Jegley said Friday that he still planned to go to trial June 7 in the case.

“Mr. Muhammad is not calling the shots and I don’t care what he says or what he writes,” Jegley said Friday. “None of that makes a difference in my analysis of the case. He’s not the person who’s in charge of the prosecution.”

**SNIP**

“This was a jihad: attack on infidel forces. That didn’t go as plan. Flat out truth,” Muhammad wrote in the letter.

(Excerpt) Read more at arkansasonline.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abdulhakim; abdulhakimmuhammad; alqaeda; aq; aqap; arkansas; deathpenalty; guilty; jihad; long; muhammad; murder; recruiter; shooter; terror

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, leaves a Pulaski County Circuit Court after his arraignment in Little Rock Friday. Muhammad is accused of killing a U.S. Army private and wounding another outside a Little Rock recruiting office, June 1.
1 posted on 01/22/2010 3:19:43 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Sounds good to me...let’s just march him off to the gallows. Save the taxpayers $$$$$$$$.


2 posted on 01/22/2010 3:36:06 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Libloather

Enhanced interrogation in order. Then ship him off to Guantanamo to double agent with the hard boy bend over reach
arounders there before you execute him.


3 posted on 01/22/2010 3:46:27 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Libloather

Why isn’t this terrorist in an orange jump suit and shackled hands and feet, with a connecting chain between the two?


4 posted on 01/22/2010 4:26:03 PM PST by El Gato
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