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Jury selection resumes for man who says he killed Ark. soldier in retaliation against US
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ' A judge and lawyers have resumed questioning of potential jurors at the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas.
Abdulhakim Muhammad could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder. Seven jurors were selected Monday ' and five more plus alternates must be selected before opening statements can begin.
Muhammad has admitted killing 23-year-old Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounding another soldier at Little Rock in 2009. He says the shootings were in retaliation for U.S. military action in the Middle East.
Defense attorneys say there's no disputing Muhammad shot the soldiers, but they say he's mentally ill.
Muhammad was born Carlos Bledsoe in Memphis, Tenn., and changed his name after converting to Islam.