New trial set for man convicted in slaying

      VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A new trial has been set for a man convicted in the 2001 slaying of a woman at a Crawford County transient camp.

      The Southwest Times Record reports ( ) the new trial for 56-year-old Rickey Dale Newman has been set for Oct. 27 in Crawford County Circuit Court.

      Newman was sentenced to death in 2002 for killing 46-year-old Marie Cholette.

      Newman wrote a letter last month that says he didn't kill Cholette. The letter was filed to the circuit clerk's office last Thursday.

      The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Newman earlier this year. Justices found that Newman had "cognitive defects and mental illnesses" that interfered with his ability to assist his defense attorneys at trial.

      Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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