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Greenbrier murder suspect due in court Monday morning

Howard Dallas Short II, 38, faces first-degree murder charge

Posted: January 4, 2014 - 3:34pm
Howard Dallas Short II, 38.  COURTESY OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
COURTESY OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Howard Dallas Short II, 38.

The man accused in the August murder of a Greenbrier man is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning.

Howard Dallas Short II, 38, of Greenbrier, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 64-year-old Michael Wayne Robb, who was found Aug. 6 in his home at 27 Wilson Road.

Two days later, Short admitted to the murder while being interrogated by investigators, according to an affidavit.

Short is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence at the Ouachita River Corrections Unit in Malvern, which stems from a September guilty plea on two counts of forgery, a class C felony, and a misdemeanor theft of property charge.

Of the two prior forgery cases, one listed Robb as a victim.

As previously reported by the Log Cabin Democrat, Short was released from a technical violator center just days before Robb was found dead, according to Arkansas Department of Correction records.

Short was arrested May 9, 2013 for absconding after being released from ADC custody May 11, 2012. Records indicate Short was then transferred to the Omega Technical Violator Center in Malvern on May 30 before he was released Aug. 1.

In addition to first-degree murder, Short faces a fleeing charge, a class D felony, after the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office says the murder suspect led multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit through three counties on Interstate 40 the night of his arrest.

Due to prior felony convictions, Short has been charged under the habitual offender law by Faulkner County prosecutors.

Under the law, if convicted of first-degree murder, Short would face 10 years to life in prison, instead of 10 to 40 years or life in prison, which is the normal parameters for a class Y felony in Arkansas.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246.)

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