LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of the Arkansas Board of Corrections says he didn't ask the director of the state's Department of Community Correction to step down.

Corrections board chairman Benny Magness says he didn't know whether David Eberhard's abrupt retirement was related to criticism over the recent case of a man on parole who was arrested in a Little Rock killing.

Darrell Dennis is charged in the May death of Forrest Abrams. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has reported that Dennis was allowed to remain on parole despite multiple felony charges since his release from prison in 2008.

Eberhard announced his retirement Monday. Magness says he spoke with Eberhard and that Eberhard "decided this was his time."

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