Father: Accused soldier killer "can't get fair trial in Little Rock"

Father: Accused soldier killer "can't get fair trial in Little Rock"

The father of a man accused of killing a Conway soldier says he's unhappy with his defense. Melvin Bledsoe said he also thinks his son can’t get a fair trial in Little Rock.
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad
The father of a man accused of killing a Conway soldier says he's unhappy with his defense.  Melvin Bledsoe said he also thinks Muslim extremists brainwashed his son, Abdulhakim Muhammad.   And that his son can’t get a fair trial in Little Rock.

At the very least he says he wants the case moved out of county court and into federal court.  It's a familiar refrain that the FBI and other federal agencies, knew his son was capable of murder and did nothing to stop it.

Melvin Bledsoe says he has a lot of problems with the way his son's case is being handled.  So he held a one-man press conference in the Pulaski County courthouse to air what he feels are mistakes, starting with the amount of lawyers on the defense team.

"I do not want two and three people being in charge of this case, it could get totally out of hand,” Bledsoe says.  “As far as I'm concerned it's about to get out of hand right now."

His son, Abdulhakim Muhammad, 25, wrote a letter recently to the judge saying he wanted to fire his attorney Claiborne Ferguson of Memphis and to stop delays in what he calls a "bogus trial."

"I spoke with my son this morning for about an hour at the county jail,” Bledsoe says.  “I expressed to him my concerns, I addressed to him the things he didn't know and he's very much aware of it now."

Bledsoe says his son now wants to keep his lawyer to help defend the capital murder charge and a long list of felonies related to his admitted attack in Little Rock last summer that killed one soldier.

And Muhammad will stand trial after state doctors put him through a mental evaluation and find him sane.

Another finding his father, who drove in from Memphis, told reporters he disagrees with.

"He's not able to process what's going on, in my opinion, in his world right now," Bledsoe says.

Bledsoe says his son fell victim to what he called "evil-doers", religious extremists who drove his son to murder American soldiers here at home.

In his latest letter, Muhammad promises to fire his attorney at his next hearing August 17th.  No trial date has been set in the case.
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