Pretrial hearings for Howard Dallas Short II, the accused in the August death of 64-year-old Michael Wayne Robb, were continued to Nov. 20.
Short’s defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Lorie Mason, confirmed to the court discovery has been completed in the related cases — involving charges of first-degree murder and felony fleeing — but requested the hearings be continued to allow time to review the files.
Prosecutors charged Short with first-degree murder Sept. 11 in the death of Robb, who was found in his home Aug. 6 by authorities.
Short, 38, was apprehended later the same night after police said he led them on a high-speed pursuit through three counties on Interstate 40, which resulted in the felony fleeing charge.
An affidavit states Short admitted to the murder while being interviewed by investigators Aug. 8.
The day before being charged with first-degree murder, Short pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery and one misdemeanor charge of theft of property, relating to cases filed by prosecutors in 2012. One of the cases listed Robb as a victim.
In both cases, the victims claimed having checks stolen and used at various stores, or to obtain cash. Short was sentenced to nine years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and also received a suspended sentence of five years.
If convicted of first-degree murder, a class Y felony, Short would face 10 to 40 years or life in prison. Short is currently being held in lieu of a $2 million bond.
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