Gov. Mike Beebe appointed a Little Rock attorney to the Arkansas State Supreme Court to hear the capital punishment case against Timothy Lamont Howard who was convicted in 1997 of a dual murder in Little River County.
Ronald A. Hope of Little Rock will take the place of Justice Donald Corbin who recused himself from the case earlier in proceedings, according to Arkansas News.
If sentenced to death Howard will be the 28th capital punishment recipient in Arkansas since the penalty was reinstated in 1976, according to deathpenaltyinfo.org.