by Max Brantley
Daris Long of Conway told Congress yesterday of his unhappiness about the Army and federal response to the killing of his son, Andy, outside a Little Rock military center by a man who claimed political motives. Efforts are underway in Congress to award Long a posthumous Purple Heart because of the circumstances of his slaying by Adulhakim Muhammad. Long favors a federal prosecution of Muhammad, who's pleaded guilty and received a life sentence to state charges.
A note: Channel 4 provides a statement from U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer, who says, in part:
Because there is no statute of limitations for murder, the possibility of a federal prosecution still exists; however, it would not be appropriate to comment further on that possibility.