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Suspect in Ark. soldier slaying wants no lawyers
Suspect in Ark. soldier's death in recruitment center shooting asks permission to fire lawyers
By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ' A man charged with killing a soldier outside an Arkansas military recruiting center two years ago is trying to fire his lawyers.

Abdulhakim Muhammad sat in the courtroom Monday morning while Judge Herbert Wright and defense lawyers discussed whether the suspect can represent himself. Wright said he did not believe Muhammad is competent to serve as his own lawyer.

Muhammad could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Pvt. William Andrew Long. Muhammad told The Associated Press a week after the killing he killed Long and injured another soldier in retaliation for the U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Long's mother is to testify, as is the injured soldier and Muhammad's father.

Jury selection has been held up while the lawyers and the judge discuss Muhammad's mental state.

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