Tyrone Howard was charged with first-degree murder. He was wanted by the NYPD for another shooting at the time of the attack on Officer Randolph Howard. (Photo: New York Department of Corrections)

Tyrone Howard was charged with first-degree murder. He was wanted by the NYPD for another shooting at the time of the attack on Officer Randolph Howard. (Photo: New York Department of Corrections)

The man accused of killing NYPD detective Randolph Holder in October refused to come to court Friday because he has become a Muslim in jail.

Career criminal and accused cop killer Tyrone Howard claims to have converted to Islam, the New York Daily News reports.

"Mr. Howard is refusing to appear," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said. "He said he is Muslim and will not come to court on Fridays."

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