Judge grants man Richard Conte release before Conway murder trial

    4:12 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
    Richard Conte (Photo from Nevada Dept. of Correction)
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    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A judge has granted the release of a suspect in a 2002 double slaying in central Arkansas until his January trial.

    Prosecutor Cody Hiland said Friday that 62-year-old Richard Conte will be allowed to live with his mother in Wisconsin until his Jan. 8 trial. He will remain under house arrest and will have to wear an electronic monitor.

    Conte faces two counts of capital murder in the 2002 deaths of 49-year-old Carter Elliott and 25-year-old Timothy Wayne Robertson in Conway.

    He was charged in 2011, days before he was released from a Nevada jail sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife.

    Conte's attorney, Jack Lassiter, argued he should be released because the speedy trial law requires a defendant to be freed if he's not tried within nine months of being charged.

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