Man accused of killing a soldier gets financial assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The executive director of the Arkansas Public Defender Commission says the agency will ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that the commission must pay defense expenses for a man accused of killing a soldier outside a recruiting center.

Didi Sallings said Friday that she plans to meet with members of the commission before deciding what arguments will be offered seeking a rehearing of the case.

On Thursday, the court dismissed an appeal by the public defender agency, which had challenged a judge's order to pay reasonable expenses for Abdulhakim Muhammad.

Muhammad is accused of killing 23-year-old Pvt. William Andrew Long of Conway and wounding another soldier in June 2009 at Little Rock. Muhammad has claimed the shootings were justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.