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Parolee in Faulkner Co. Accused of Murder Days After Being Released

A Faulkner County parolee is accused of murdering his victim just days after being released by the Department of Community Correction.
FAULKNER COUNTY, AR -- A Faulkner County parolee is accused of murdering his victim just days after being released by the Department of Community Correction.

The case is adding to the criticism off DCC just days before a key meeting at the state capitol.

In a quaint wood house in Greenbrier, it looks so peaceful that it's hard to imagine the horrors that investigators say went on inside.

"We feel very confident about our case," said Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland.

Hiland said Howard Dallas Short, 38,  knew the man who lived in the wood house well.

In fact, he's accused of stealing $1,300 in checks from Michael Robb in January.

Already on parole from prison, Short was sent to a place called the technical violator center in March after admitting to stealing the checks.

According to DCC, the technical violators center is a place where offenders who violate terms of their parole receive intensive instruction on how to live crime-free lifestyles.
   
Short went into the center on May 30.  He was released Aug. 1.  Prosecutors found Robb dead Aug. 6.

Investigators say Short admitted he was the one who killed Robb.  He's been charged with first-degree murder.
   
Hiland says he believes steps are being taken to slow the cycle of offenders committing serious crimes while out on parole, but in cases like this, it was too little too late. 

"I'm afraid the horse is out of the barn on too many of these folks right now," he said.  "We just hope we don't see too much of this before the problem can be remedied."

On Thursday, DCC officials are set to testify in front of state lawmakers some of whom are seeking more information about the technical violator center.
   
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