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Delay sought for man charged in soldier's death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The attorney for a man charged in the 2009 shooting death of a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting center says he'll ask a judge to delay the trial, which is set for June.

A hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court for Abdulhakim Muhammad, who's charged with capital murder in the death of Pvt. William Andrew Long. He's set to go to trial June 7, but his attorney is seeking a delay because of a dispute over funding from the Arkansas Public Defender Commission.

A judge has ruled Muhammad indigent and eligible for funding, but the commission appealed that ruling because Muhammad's family has hired a private lawyer to represent him.

That case is now pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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