Ark. court to hear challenge from death row inmate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court is slated to hear a challenge from a death row inmate convicted in a 2007 slaying.

The state's highest court is expected to hear oral arguments Thursday in the case of 34-year-old Brandon Eugene Lacy.

Lacy claims he had ineffective counsel leading up to his conviction and death sentence in 47-year-old Randall Walker's death. Walker's burned body was found in 2007.

Prosecutors say Lacy hit Walker on the head with a fireplace poker, stabbed him in the chest with a knife and then used gasoline and a lighter to set fire to his mobile home.

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