TIM HOWARD: At his retrial.
Mara Leveritt tells me she's been told by people working on the case that the state Parole Board
voted yesterday to parole Tim Howard,
who's been imprisoned since 1997, some of that time on Death Row, for the slayings of a Little River County couple, Shannon and Brian Day, and attempted murder of their child.
The Parole Board denied Howard's release two years ago
, though his resentencing to 38 years in a retrial of the case ordered by the state Supreme Court made him immediately parole eligible. The judge in the original case and prosecutor continued to argue for his incarceration. Howard has maintained his innocence and has had an unblemished prison record.
Leveritt detailed some of the ins and outs of the legal aspects
of the case here.
I hope to elaborate on this later today, such as details on release
. He's listed as a low-risk inmate at the Varner Unit.
UPDATE: A Parole Board spokesman said the Parole Board, at a meeting Monday, voted 5-0 to grant parole to Howard. He can't be released until approval of his parole plan. 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.