LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request that it reconsider its order that a state commission fund the defense of a man charged with killing a soldier.

The ruling Thursday comes five weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the Arkansas Public Defender Commission to pay for Abdulhakim (ahb-DOOL hah-KEEM) Muhammad's attorney.

Muhammad faces capital murder and other charges in the June 2009 shooting death of Pvt. William Long and the wounding of another soldier outside a recruiting center in Little Rock.

He told The Associated Press last year that he believes the shootings were justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com