Former Death Row inmate Tim Howard freed | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Former Death Row inmate Tim Howard freed

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 7:55 AM

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Former death row inmate Tim Howard was released from Varner Supermax Prison yesterday afternoon after 20 years in prison, 14 of them on death row. Reporter Mara Leveritt, who has written extensively  about Howard, passed along the photo above, taken by one of Howard's attorneys.

The state Parole Board voted last month to parole Howard, who had been imprisoned since 1997 after his conviction for the slayings of a Little River County couple and the attempted murder of their child. Howard has maintained his innocence and has had an unblemished prison record.

Howard had previously been denied parole in 2015 despite a retrial that made him immediately eligible. Leveritt argued that the delay in releasing him was a gross injustice — see here and here. Here's one of Leveritt's stories on the problems with the case against Howard. Howard spent 17 years of his incarceration in isolation.

The Parole Board voted 5-0 on Nov. 20 of this year to grant parole to Howard. Several conditions were placed on parole., including an employment plan, periodic drug testing, no association with victim or relatives, maximum supervision for the remainder of his probation by the Department of Community Correction, a curfew if he is not at work, school or church and community service work if he is not employed. He also may not return to Sevier or Little River County.

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