Atty: Delay trial until expense dispute is settled

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The lawyer for a man accused of killing a soldier outside a recruiting center says his client's trial shouldn't start until a court decides who will pay defense expenses.

Claiborne Ferguson of Memphis, attorney for Abdulhakim Muhammad, said Friday he will ask Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright to either delay the scheduled June 7 trial or throw out the capital-murder charge based on inadequate defense funding.

Muhammad is charged with killing 23-year-old Pvt. William Andrew Long of Conway in June 2009. Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was also wounded in the shootings at Little Rock. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Muhammad.

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