Arkansas Death Row Inmate Wins New Hearing

Oct 31, 2013

Andrew Engram
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it dismissed a petition from an inmate condemned to die for the rape and murder of a shopping mall security guard.

A Pulaski County jury in 1999 convicted Andrew Engram in the death of Laurie White, who worked at a North Little Rock mall.

The state's highest court on Thursday sided with Engram's lawyers, who asked justices to send his case back to a lower court for a hearing on whether he had good cause to file a petition after a deadline to do so had passed.

In arguments on Oct. 10, Engram's legal team said a previous lawyer did poor work and that death row inmates are entitled to a full set of reviews.