Howard Dallas Short II, accused of first-degree murder in the death of a Greenbrier man in August, is scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Short, also charged with felony fleeing, had his hearings continued Nov. 4. At his last court appearance, Deputy Public Defender Lorie Mason told the court discovery had been completed in both her client’s cases, however, defense needed additional time to review the files.
Short was charged with first-degree murder Sept. 11 in the death of 64-year-old Michael Wayne Robb, who was found dead in his home at 27 Wilson Road on Aug. 6.
Short was apprehended the same night Robb was found dead by Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies, after leading multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit through three counties on Interstate 40. The pursuit resulted in the fleeing charge, a class D felony.
On Sept. 10, Short pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery and one misdemeanor charge of theft of property. The three charges were related to two cases filed by Faulkner County prosecutors in 2012, one of which listed Robb as a victim.
Short was sentenced to nine years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and also received a five-year suspended sentence.
According to the ADC inmate search, Short is currently serving time at the Ouachita River Unit in Malvern.
As the Log Cabin Democrat previously reported in September, ADC records indicate Short was released from the Omega Technical Violator Center, also in Malvern, just days before Robb was found murdered in his Greenbrier home. Short was initially arrested May 9 for absconding, after being released from ADC custody May 11, 2012, and was transferred to the violator center on May 30, until he was released Aug. 1.
Due to Short’s prior felony convictions, he is being charged under the habitual offender law.
Because of the habitual offender law, Short would face 10 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, a class Y felony, instead of 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
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