published Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Suspect in Ark. soldier death says killed before

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man charged in the killing of a soldier outside an Army recruiting center in Arkansas says he also killed a man in Tennessee.

Abdulhakim Muhammad makes the claim in a letter to Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Herb Wright.

The letter doesn't say who was killed in the 2006 incident, only that it was a man who robbed and terrorized Muslims. Police in Nashville told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that they don't know which killing he is talking about.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys say they were not aware of the letter.

Muhammad is charged with capital murder in the June 2009 shooting death of Pvt. William Long in Little Rock. He has said the shooting, which wounded another soldier, was in retaliation for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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