Ark. man says lawyer ineffective at murder trial

NASHVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansan serving a life term for hiring a hit man to kill his wife at a Nashville store says his lawyer failed to tell him about a possible plea bargain.

A jury said 68-year-old David Camp hired Harry Surber to shoot Robin Camp at the Family Dollar store in Nashville, Ark., on Memorial Day 2008. In court Monday in Nashville, Camp said his now-dead lawyer was ineffective and cost him an additional 20 years in prison.

According to the Texarkana Gazette ( ), Camp said Paul Hoover failed to keep him informed about a potential plea deal in which he would have served 20 years instead of going to trial.

Surber is serving 40 years. Camp's sister JoAnn Hicks of Ogden was convicted of conspiracy and is now on parole.

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