CONWAY, Ark. (AP) – A judge has granted the release of a man accused in a 2002 double slaying in Conway until his January trial.
Prosecutors charged 62-year-old Richard Conte with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of 49-year-old Carter Elliott and 25-year-old Timothy Wayne Robertson. Conte convinced a judge Friday to allow him to live with his mother in Wisconsin until his Jan. 8 trial.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Conte argued he should be released because the speedy trial law requires a defendant to be freed if he’s not tried within nine months of being charged.
Conte was charged in 2011, days before he was released from a Nevada jail sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife.
Prosecutors say Conte will wear an electronic monitor and will be under house arrest.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com