Murder suspect says he wanted to start terror cell

May 21, 2011 - 8:44 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a military recruiting office in Arkansas in 2009 now says he wanted to start a terrorist cell in the U.S.

In his latest letter to a Pulaski County judge, Abdulhakim Muhammad says those were his plans after he was deported back to the U.S. from Yemen in early 2009. He'd been in prison in Yemen for immigration violations. Muhammad was born in Tennessee.

Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley brushed off Muhammad's claims Saturday, calling him a "street thug" who committed a drive-by shooting. Muhammad's defense attorney says his client is likely stressed ahead of his capital murder trial in July.

Muhammad is accused in the Little Rock shootings that killed Army Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.

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