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Tim Howard awaits death in Arkansas for the murder of a man and his wife who were among Howard’s closest friends. Howard is black. His murdered friends were white. Despite evidence that the dead man was dealing drugs and in debt to his supplier, and testimony that his wife feared for the couple’s safety because of threats from the supplier, police focused on Howard. Prosecutors presented evidence suggesting that Howard had gotten the murdered woman pregnant and murdered her to cover up the fact, although her autopsy report showed no sign of pregnancy. In 1998, a jury sentenced Howard to death. When Howard appealed that sentence, three of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s seven justices wrote that they found the evidence against him insufficient to convict him, let alone sentence him to death. On March 29, Howard’s attorneys will argue again before the state supreme court, asking that the court send his case back to the lower court for review—and possible new trial. (Video of those arguments will be available here: Damien Echols, the member of the West Memphis Three who was recently released from Arkansas’s death row, says he believes that Howard was also wrongfully convicted. Learn more at: And please sign the petition to GET TIM OUT!

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