UPDATE: Trial begins in Conway double murder

CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat, AP) - The trial for a man accused in the decade-old double homicide of two men in West Conway began Tuesday morning in Faulkner County Circuit Court.

Richard Conte, 63, was charged with two counts of capital murder in 2011 in the 2002 shooting deaths of Carter Elliott, 49 and Timothy Wayne Robertson, 25.

In opening statements to the jury, prosecutors painted Richard Conte, 63, as a man who considered Elliott "... a stumbling block to happiness, or competition," with regards to Lark Schwartz, who was both men's ex-wife. She appeared in court Tuesday as the prosecution's third witness.

The charges were filed shortly before Conte was released from a Nevada prison where he was serving time for kidnapping Schwartz. Prosecutor Cody Hiland is not seeking the death penalty in the case. Conte could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Conte has pleaded not guilty.

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