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Death-row inmate seeks relief in De Queen slayings

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published March 13, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. Updated March 13, 2014 at 10:32 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An Oklahoma man convicted in 2005 of killing two women at a De Queen cemetery monument company is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to consider arguments he wants to make for a new trial.

The state conceded Thursday that lawyers for Mickey Dale Thomas had unavoidable reasons for being late with filings but argued against two other points Thomas' attorney, Jeff Harrelson, raised with the court.

Harrelson argued that Thomas' trial attorney should have called a police officer to the stand to affirm there was no indication of sexual assault of the victims, 46-year-old Mona Lee Shelton and 45-year-old Donna Marie Cary.

He also said the trial shouldn't have been moved to Pike County.

Prosecutors in Oklahoma accused Thomas of killing a Broken Bow woman, but he hasn't been tried.

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