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Man Accused In Soldier's Death Seeks Trial Delay

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The man who says his impulse to avenge the death of Muslims at American hands led him to kill a soldier at a Little Rock military recruiting center is seeking a delay in his capital murder trial.

Abdulhakim Muhammad is due in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Tuesday, where he wants a judge to grant his lawyers more time to pursue evidence in his defense.

Muhammad told The Associated Press he shot Army Pvt. William Long dead in 2009 and wounded another soldier as part of a plot to kill members of the U.S. military.

Two state mental evaluations have found Muhammad fit to stand trial, but his lawyers say he needs a more detailed evaluation because his mental state has deteriorated during his 20 months in solitary confinement.