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Father of accused killer talks about son

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The father of the man accused of killing one soldier and wounding another at a Little Rock recruiting station says his son should have a more thorough mental evaluation.

Melvin Bledsoe also said there should be better coordination between the private attorney and the public defender's office lawyer representing his son, Abdulhakim Muhammad. Muhammad is charged with capital murder for the June 1, 2009, slaying of Pvt. William Long. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Muhammad earlier told the AP he attacked the soldiers as retribution for the U.S. military attacking Muslims. Last week, a court filing showed that Muhammad was found by a state doctor to be competent to stand trial. In the interview with the doctor, Muhammad said he tried to carry out other attacks in Kentucky and Tennessee, but had failed.

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