Ashdown Man Convicted Of Lesser Charges In Couple's Slaying

May 10, 2015

Timothy Howard
Credit Arkansas Times

An Ashdown man has again been convicted, but on lesser charges, of killing a couple and trying to kill the couple's 7-month-old son.

 The Texarkana Gazette reports that 45-year-old Timothy Howard was found guilty Friday on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Howard was originally convicted in 1999 of capital murder and sentenced to death in the killings of Brian Day and Shannon Day and of attempted capital murder of the Day's son, but the conviction was overturned.

Defense attorneys argued that Brian Day was a drug dealer who could have been killed by others.

Prosecutors said Howard killed Brian Day after stealing drugs from him and killed Shannon Day because he thought she might be pregnant with his child.