Richard Conte to stand trial for deaths of Carter Elliot, Timothy Robertson

    11:46 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
    Richard Conte (Photo from Nevada Dept. of Correction)
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    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A former doctor charged in a decade-old double slaying is slated to go on trial in central Arkansas.

    Jury selection is set to begin Thursday in Conway for 63-year-old Richard Conte's capital murder trial.

    Conte was charged with two counts of capital murder in 2011 in the 2002 shooting deaths of 49-year-old Carter Elliott and 25-year-old Timothy Wayne Robertson in Conway.

    The charges were filed shortly before Conte was released from a Nevada prison where he was serving a sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife, Lark Gathright-Elliott. She was once married to Elliott.

    If convicted of capital murder, Conte faces up to life in prison without parole. Prosecutor Cody Hiland is not seeking the death penalty in the case.

    Conte's lawyer, Jack Lassiter, did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday.

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