|Updated: 1/22/2010 8:36 pm
||Published: 1/22/2010 8:34 am
Accused soldier killer Abdulhakim Muhammad wants to change his plea to guilty. In a letter obtained by FOX16 News, Muhammad highlights self-proclaimed ties to Al-Qaeda and his belief the shooting is justified.
Abdulhakim Muhammad wrote the letter last week from his cell at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility. Prosecutor Larry Jegley says the charges against Muhammad will go to trial as a capital murder death penalty case, end of story.
In the two-page handwritten note Muhammad tells circuit judge Herb Wright he wants to plead guilty to capital murder for the shooting of Private William Long, saying "I do not wish to have a trial."
"I don't care what he says quite honestly, I care about what he did," Jegley says.
In the letter, Muhammad, 24, says "at the next hearing I look forward to pleading guilty and await sentencing."
His attorney, Claiborne Ferguson out of Memphis, says his client isn’t acting on advice he provided.
"I don't know why he would write that, it's absolutely useless,” Ferguson says. “He can't tell the prosecutor what to do and quite frankly it's a little irritating that he would even try."