Tim Howard was sentenced to death for the 1998 murders in Ashdown, AR of Brian Day, his best friend, and Day’s wife Shanon Day, who was also a close friend. He was also convicted of attempting to kill the couple’s infant son.
Attention was drawn to Howard’s case in 2002 when the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Howard’s conviction, but with three of the seven justices dissenting, writing that they did not find sufficient evidence even to convict Howard — let alone to sentence him to death. It was also discovered that DNA testing done in the case and used to help convict Tim was contaminated — a fact withheld from the defense team.
On October 29, 2013 Judge Charles Yeargan granted Tim a new trial based largely on this withheld evidence. Tim was moved from death row to the Little River County Jail, where he awaits his new trial.
Note: Most of the credit for Tim getting this far goes to several dedicated supporters, including the incomparable Mara Leveritt, as well as his attorneys, including current lead attorney Patrick Benca. Proclaim Justice is not the lead organization on Tim’s case, but have been happy to lend assistance.
IMPRISONED SINCE: 9/26/1996
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: LITTLE RIVER COUNTY JAIL
HOMETOWN: ASHDOWN, AR