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Arkansas Supreme Court

Tim Howard was sentenced to death for the 1998 murders in Ashdown of Brian Day, his best friend, and Day’s wife Shannon Day, who was also a close friend. He was also convicted of attempting to kill the couple’s infant son.
Attention was drawn to Howard’s case when the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Howard’s conviction, but with three of the seven justices dissenting.
In unprecedented opinions for a death case in Arkansas, the three dissenters wrote that they did not find sufficient evidence even to convict Howard—let alone to sentence him to death.
Tim Howard is INNOCENT!!

Signed,

Carol Gargis Parton

This petition closed about 2 years ago

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Since that ruling, concern about Howard's case has escalated. Here are a few reasons why:

1. NO BLOOD TRANSFER. Brian Day died from blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound to his head. His injuries...

Since that ruling, concern about Howard's case has escalated. Here are a few reasons why:

1. NO BLOOD TRANSFER. Brian Day died from blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound to his head. His injuries indicated a violent physical attack and struggle. The state medical examiner testified that Brian=s murder would have caused the transfer of blood. Yet no blood was found on Howard's clothes or in any of the cars he drove on the night of the murders or the following morning.
2. NO EVIDENCE OF A STRUGGLE. Shannon Day was strangled and had numerous injuries, both blunt force and defensive, indicating another struggle. Howard had no bruises, scratches or other marks or injuries on his body when questioned the day after the murders.
3. NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE NEAR BRIAN'S BODY. Brian's body was found in the back of a U-Haul truck on farmland owned by Howard's family, a place that Brian knew. While Howard's fingerprints were found on the U-Haul, it was undisputed that Howard had gone with Brian to rent the truck and had driven it the day before the murders. No hair, fingerprints or DNA from Howard were found on or near Brian=s body.
4. NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE NEAR SHANNON'S BODY. No hairs, fingerprints or DNA from Howard were found on or near her body, or on or around the couple's son, who was discovered alive in a zipped bag under a pile of clothes. While Howard=s fingerprints were found on a soda bottle in the Days' living room, it is also undisputed that, as a friend of the Days, he was a frequent visitor in their home.
5. UNIDENTIFIED EVIDENCE. Police did, however, find fingerprints on the window frames and picture frames that had been placed over Shannon=s body. These prints were never identified.
6. NO MOTIVE. There is no evidence that Howard had had a falling out with either of the Days. But there was substantial evidence that Brian had enemies. A neighbor of the Days testified that three days before the murders, she and her mother saw Brian arguing with two Caucasian men in the driveway of his home. Those men were never identified. [Brian and Shannon Day were white. Howard is black.]
7. DRUG DEBTS. The record reflects that Brian owed several people money. In the days before his death, Brian was trying to gather up cash from his users. One witness testified that Shannon feared for the couple's safety because, Brian owed everybody money and was in over his head.@ Shortly before her death, Shannon told a friend that Brian owed a drug dealer nicknamed Chicken@ money; that Chicken had been to the Days' house three or four times looking for Brian; and that Chicken was mad. Shannon told one friend that if anything happened to her it would be because of Chicken. Another friend said Shannon told her Ashe did not know what Brian was doing with the money but they were going to kill him."

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