Jury selection to start over Ark. soldier's death

July 18, 2011 - 2:29 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Jury selection is slated to get under way in the trial of a man who confessed to gunning down two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Abdulhakim Muhammad is charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder for shooting and killing Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in 2009.

Muhammad was born Carlos Bledsoe in Memphis, Tenn., and later converted to Islam. He told The Associated Press that he shot the soldiers because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

If he's convicted in Pulaski County, Muhammad could face the death penalty. His legal team plans to argue that he's not mentally sound, but Muhammad has challenged his lawyers' claims that he suffers from brain damage. Jury selection begins Monday.