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Former doctor to stand trial in Conway double-slaying

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 9, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.

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Richard Conte, seen here being wheeled from a courtroom after a hearing, has been found competent to stand trial in the 2002 killings of two men at a Conway home.

— A former doctor charged in a decade-old double slaying is set to go on trial in central Arkansas.

Jury selection is set to begin Thursday in Conway for 63-year-old Richard Conte’s capital-murder trial.

Conte was charged in 2011 with two counts of capital murder in the 2002 shooting deaths of 49-year-old Carter Elliott and 25-year-old Timothy Wayne Robertson in Conway.

The charges were filed shortly before Conte was released from a Nevada prison where he was serving a sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife, Lark Gathright-Elliott. She was once married to Elliott.

If convicted of capital murder, Conte faces up to life in prison without parole. Prosecutor Cody Hiland is not seeking the death penalty in the case.

Conte’s lawyer, Jack Lassiter, did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday.

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fatnathan says... January 9, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.

Wait, so you are telling me that he was once married to his ex-wife? How very unusual.

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