Ark. shooting suspect barred from using phone

/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge has blocked jail telephone access for a man accused of killing a soldier outside an Army recruiting center in Arkansas.

Abdulhakim Muhammad, 23, has called The Associated Press twice this week to discuss the shooting of Pvt. William Andrew Long.

Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle sent a letter to the Pulaski County jail, ordering jailers to bar Muhammad from using the phone, except to speak to his lawyer.

A spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office declined Thursday to release the judge's letter to the AP.

Muhammad, a Muslim convert, previously said he didn't consider the killing a murder because U.S. military action in the Middle East made the killing justified. A second soldier was wounded in the June 1 attack.