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Charges upgraded in 2013 Greenbrier murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The charges against a man arrested in the death of a Greenbrier man have been upgraded to capital murder.

Faulkner County prosecutor Cody Hiland told THV 11 that the charges against Howard Dallas Short II have been upgraded from first-degree to capital murder in the death of 64-year-old Michael Robb.

Robb was found dead in his home August 6, 2013 in Greenbrier by Faulkner County Sheriff's deputies conducting a welfare check. Chief Deputy Matt Rice said Robb's body had been dead for several days before being found and that he died from strangulation.

According to the affidavit, Short was developed as a suspect and on Aug. 8 he was taken into custody where he confessed to killing Robb.

As to the upgrade in charges, Hiland told THV 11, "The state now believes they possess sufficient evidence of that element of premeditation and deliberation to pursue a felony charge of first degree murder."

The state has not said whether or not they will seek the death penalty in this case.