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story.lead_photo.caption Timothy Lamont Howard, 48, was released on parole Wednesday after serving two decades for his conviction in the 1997 deaths of an Arkansas couple and the attempted murder of their baby.

An Arkansas man convicted of killing a couple and attempting to kill their baby in 1997 received parole Wednesday after nearly two decades behind bars, prison officials said.

Timothy Lamont Howard, 48, was released shortly after 1 p.m., according to Arkansas Community Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler.

Howard is expected to report to the parole office Thursday, Tyler said. He is on maximum suspension, which requires employment, periodic drug testing, no association with the victim or the victim's family and obedience to a curfew.

These terms are standard given Howard's conviction and the number of years Howard served, she said.

Howard's suspension will likely end sometime in 2035, Tyler said. The Parole Board could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Howard was found guilty of two counts of capital murder at his first trial in 1999, but the conviction was overturned in 2013 after a hearing on possible problems with DNA testing.

In 2015, Howard was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Ashdown residents Brian and Shannon Day, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported. He was also found guilty of one count of attempted murder of the couple's son, Trevor.

He was reportedly sentenced to 38 years after his second trial but received credit for 18 years he had already spent behind bars.

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  • givemeabreak
    December 13, 2017 at 5:11 p.m.

    If I were Trevor, they would be digging that POS a grave by this weekend.

  • gagewatcher
    December 13, 2017 at 5:11 p.m.

    I can't find in the article what county or town this killer was released into . was that intentional?

  • TheBatt
    December 13, 2017 at 5:42 p.m.

    Found guilty of TWO counts of CAPITAL MURDER... yet paroled? Could have stopped right there and there would have been plenty of grounds for outrage. What’s the point of a capital murder? Double. Double.

    PLUS - attempted to murder their son (two counts).

    Probable cause for DNA OVERTURNS his conviction so he’s charged and convicted again, butnif lesser charges? HE MURDERD THEM!!!!

  • Gwhits
    December 13, 2017 at 6:38 p.m.

    You don’t seem to understand our legal system. The truth is and always has been irrelevant. It’s what can be proven or not proven enough to meet the burden of guilt. That’s it. If you know they did it but can’t meet th court’s evidence requirements then there is no proof
    Prosecutors have illegally prosecuted ungodly numbers of people in history. Not the wrong people, just people they had to cheat to convict. Which is just as wrong. It’s a corrupt system that is prejudiced against the poor and years of men’s lives are used as a scorecard for some to seek promotion or elected office. When someone close to you gets chewed up and spit out by this corrupt system you won’t talk as tough against the alleged and convicted as a whole.

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    December 13, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.

    He'll be violated within six months to a year.

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