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  • D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed in Va.

    11/10/2009 6:21:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 166 replies · 4,759+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-11-10 | Josh White & Maria Glod
    JARRATT, Va. -- John Allen Muhammad, the sniper who kept the Washington region paralyzed by fear for three weeks as he and a young accomplice gunned down people at random, was executed Tuesday night by lethal injection.
  • DC sniper said to be 'fearless' before execution

    11/10/2009 4:28:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 88 replies · 2,763+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 10, 2009
    JARRATT, Va. (AP) - Sniper John Allen Muhammad is meeting with relatives in the hours before his execution and one of his attorneys described the convicted killer as fearless. Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon said Muhammad had no regrets and would die with dignity Tuesday night in Virginia. Gordon also insisted that Muhammad was innocent. Gordon says Muhammad met with one of his sons before the execution and then reminisced with the attorney about the time he spent with his son before Muhammad went to prison.
  • Kaine denies sniper clemency; Muhammad to die tonight (Beltway sniper)

    11/10/2009 3:09:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,210+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-11-10 | Josh White
    Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) denied clemency for John Allen Muhammad on Tuesday, clearing the way for the sniper to be executed by lethal injection at 9 p.m. and putting an end to one of the most trying local criminal cases in U.S. history. Muhammad, 48, was convicted of capital murder in the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers on Oct. 9, 2002, at a gas station outside of Manassas, part of a spree that left 10 people dead in the Washington area and included shootings in several other states. A jury in Virginia Beach, where the trial was moved...
  • Execution at 9:pm in Virginia

    11/10/2009 7:49:56 AM PST · by mckenzie7 · 66 replies · 1,591+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 9, 2009; 12:00 PM | Michael Ruane
    Hello, Mike Ruane here to talk about the DC sniper case and answer your questions. _______________________
  • US Supreme Court refuses to stop sniper execution

    11/09/2009 10:11:31 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 118 replies · 4,746+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | DENA POTTER
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad. The Court did not comment Monday on why it refused to consider his appeal. Muhammad is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree in October 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • Beltway sniper fights execution as region remembers terror [Tuesday is THE DAY]

    11/08/2009 3:42:34 PM PST · by HokieMom · 55 replies · 1,725+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 8 2009 | Bill Myers
    Convicted Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad is filing last-minute appeals, trying to avoid a Tuesday appointment in Virginia's death chamber. The legal scramble is reviving memories for countless in the D.C. region who lived through the three weeks in October 2002 when Muhammad and his ward, Lee Boyd Malvo, went on a rampage that terrorized the capital region. Picking out strangers at random, they opened fire from a hole cut in an old car, leaving notes behind to taunt police and to celebrate the carnage they inflicted. By the time the pair was finished, 10 were dead, three were wounded...
  • BELTWAY SNIPER TO MEET ARAFAT & SHEIKH YASSIN IN NOVEMBER

    10/29/2009 10:35:05 AM PDT · by Psion · 11 replies · 661+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | October 28, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    Jihadist John Allen Muhammad to be martyred next month. thelastcrusade.org The leader of the 2002 DC-area Islamic terrorist attacks will die by lethal injection next month, Virginia officials said Tuesday. John Allen Muhammad was reported to be furious when told that his 72 virgins had been replaced with fire and brimstone. Muhammad is scheduled to be executed Nov. 10 for the October 2002 slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a string of shootings. Muhammad's three-week Islamic-jihad in October 2002 left 10 dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Muhammad and his teenage...
  • DC sniper Muhammad set to die by lethal injection

    10/27/2009 9:27:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies · 2,102+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 27, 2009
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad will die by lethal injection when he is executed next month, Virginia officials said Tuesday. Muhammad declined to choose between lethal injection and electrocution, so under state law the method defaults to lethal injection, Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said. Muhammad is scheduled to be executed Nov. 10 for the October 2002 slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a string of shootings.
  • Va. gov: No reason to stop sniper execution

    09/29/2009 10:35:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 2,115+ views
    , Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2009 | DENA POTTER
    Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Monday he can't think of any reason he would stop the execution of Washington, D.C.-area sniper John Allen Muhammad. Muhammad is scheduled to be executed Nov. 10 for the October 2002 killing spree that left 10 dead in the nation's capital, Virginia and Maryland. "I know of nothing in this case now that would suggest that there is any credible claim of innocence or that there was anything procedurally wrong with the prosecution," Kaine said on his monthly call-in radio show on WTOP. Kaine said he would review Muhammad's petition for clemency when he...
  • JOHN ALLEN MOHAMMED: HERO, MODEL, MARTYR (Looking at JIHAD PROPAGANDA]

    09/20/2009 4:21:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 624+ views
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 20 September 2009 @ 21:43 | n/a
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  • Lawyer: DC sniper now wants to fight his death sentence { John Allen Muhammad }

    05/09/2008 3:57:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 142+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/9/8 | MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer
    McLean, Va. (AP) -- Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad has changed his mind again and now wants to go forward with a federal appeal of his conviction and death sentence, according to his lawyers. In a handwritten letter from death row made public this week, Muhammad told the Virginia attorney general that he wanted to suspend all appeals on his 2003 death sentence and that appeals filed on his behalf were not authorized. But Muhammad's lawyer, James Connell, wrote a letter Thursday to a U.S. District judge saying Muhammad now wants to go forward with his appeal. "Mr. Muhammad expressly...
  • { John Allen Muhammad } D.C.-area sniper asks in letter for end to death-row appeal

    05/06/2008 2:22:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 561+ views
    Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad asks prosecutors in a letter for help to put an end to his legal appeals from death row. Muhammad says in the letter released Tuesday that he is waiving all rights to appeal his 2003 conviction and death sentence for the sniper killings in 2002 that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region. Muhammad says he has tried without success to stop efforts by his defense lawyers,
  • Sniper Fights Death Sentence

    04/25/2008 7:27:56 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 19 replies · 157+ views
    Lawyers Argue Muhammad Had Mitigating Factors Jurors might not have sentenced convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad to death if they had known that he was abused as a child, that he has brain damage and that there were conflicting witness accounts to some of the shootings, Muhammad's appeals lawyers argued in court papers this week.
  • Md. Court Rejects Sniper's Appeal

    11/05/2007 12:43:15 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 114+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2007 | KRISTEN WYATT
    Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad does not deserve a new trial in Maryland, a state appeals court ruled Monday in a sharply worded unanimous decision that compared Muhammad to Jack the Ripper. The state Court of Special Appeals said Muhammad terrorized the Washington region in a rampage similar to that of the notorious Victorian serial killer who murdered at least five East London prostitutes in 1888. But the three-judge panel noted one distinction: "Jack the Ripper has never yet been brought to justice. The Beltway snipers have been." Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted last year on six counts...
  • No Dogs Were Heard Barking In the Night Mused Sherlock

    02/17/2007 4:25:00 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 226+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 2/17/07 | Purple Mountains
    In Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 12, 2007, wearing a tan trench coat, Sulejman Taloviæ , age 19,went on a shooting rampage killing five civilians and wounding several others at Trolley Square, a Salt Lake City shopping mall, before being fatally shot by police. The killings by Talovic, a Bosnian Muslim, was immediately labeled NOT a terrorist act. Both the authorities and the media took pains NOT to identify him as a Muslim. In 2002, Muslim convert John Allen Muhammad, one of the Washington, DC snipers, killed 10 innocent Americans and wounded three more critically. Authorities claimed no connection...
  • DC SNIPER GUILTY - John Allen Muhammad

    05/30/2006 11:46:53 AM PDT · by RobFromGa · 72 replies · 3,392+ views
    AP ^ | May 30, 2006
    Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six more of the killings Tuesday after a trial in which he acted as his own attorney and the prosecution's star witness was his young protege and partner in crime, Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad, 45, is already under a death sentence in Virginia for a killing there. The most he can get for the six Maryland slayings is life in prison without parole. The jury took slightly more than four hours to convict him after a four-week trial. The trial marked the first time Malvo testified against the man prosecutors say was...
  • (Breaking) Jury Finds Muhammad Guilty In D.C. Sniper Trial

    05/30/2006 11:47:19 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 2 replies · 324+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 30 May 2006 | AP
    (AP) ROCKVILLE, Md. A Maryland jury has found John Allen Muhammad guilty of six counts of murder for the October 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings. The announcement Tuesday afternoon followed four weeks of prosecutors, experts and witnesses presenting evidence against Muhammad and Muhammad defending himself with the argument that he had been framed. Acting as his own attorney, Muhammad told the jury in his closing argument Friday that he was only in the Washington area during those three terrifying weeks to search for his ex-wife and children. He said government agencies planted evidence and collaborated to pin the crime on him...
  • Jury Finds Muhammad Guilty

    05/30/2006 11:47:39 AM PDT · by blau993 · 25 replies · 734+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/30/06 | Jon Ward
    ROCKVILLE -- A Montgomery County jury this afternoon found sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad guilty of shooting and killing six people in the county during the 2002 sniper shootings. Muhammad is not eligible for the death penalty in this trial, which is his second. In 2003, a Virginia Beach jury sentenced him to death for planning and coordinating the sniper spree. Authorities said they brought Muhammad to Montgomery County as insurance, in case his first conviction is overturned on appeal, and because the sniper shootings began and ended here. Muhammad, 45, and his convicted accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, shot 13...
  • The Sniper's Plan: Kill Six Whites A Day For 30 Days (Muhammad - Malvo)

    05/24/2006 8:40:08 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,407+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-25-2006 | Harry Mount
    The sniper's plan: kill six whites a day for 30 days By Harry Mount in New York (Filed: 25/05/2006) One of the two snipers who murdered 10 people in a killing spree that terrorised Washington has revealed their plans to kill hundreds of children, policemen and rescue workers in an attempt to shut down cities across the country. John Allen Muhammad, 45, and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, 21, brought America's capital to a standstill in 2002 as they picked off white targets at petrol stations and shops in the city's prosperous suburbs. Muhammad: ‘a coward’ Malvo testified that Muhammad,...
  • Snipers Indicted for Six Slayings in Md.

    06/16/2005 2:16:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 453+ views
    AP ^ | 6/16/5
    Rockville -- Snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were indicted on murder charges Thursday for six deaths in Maryland during the 2002 killing spree. Muhammad, who was sentenced to death for a sniper killing in Virginia, also could be sentenced to death if convicted of the new charges in Montgomery County.
  • Snipers will be tried in Maryland

    05/11/2005 1:19:22 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | By Jon Ward
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES Convicted snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo will be tried together in Montgomery County, where their three-week shooting spree began and ended in October 2002. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner announced yesterday that he has agreed with Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to transfer the two men to Maryland to stand trial on six counts of murder. Ten were killed and three wounded in the Washington-area shootings. "Now that Virginia's prosecution ... has concluded, it is important that families of the victims of the sniper incidents in other jurisdictions have an opportunity to seek justice,"...
  • Virginia to Send Snipers to Md. for Trial

    05/10/2005 3:23:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 327+ views
    AP ^ | 5/10/5 | BOB LEWIS
    Richmond -- Snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo will stand trial next in Maryland, where six of the 10 slayings that terrorized the Washington area in the fall of 2002 took place, Virginia's governor decided Tuesday. Muhammad, 44, and Malvo, 20, will be sent across the Potomac River to stand trial, Gov. Mark R. Warner said. Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas Gansler said he planned to try both men on the six murder charges the county filed against them a day after their arrest. "These defendants need to be tried under another set of laws and another set...
  • Malvo won't stand trial in Virginia case

    03/01/2005 8:10:44 PM PST · by kingattax · 16 replies · 578+ views
    CNN.com ^ | March 1, 2005
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lee Boyd Malvo will not stand trial for a sniper shooting in Manassas, Virginia, according to a prosecutor who said Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning juvenile executions would make a trial pointless. Malvo, who was 17 during a shooting spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area in fall 2002, is now serving life sentences for two of the 10 sniper shootings. Prince William County, Virginia, Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said it "doesn't make sense" to try Malvo for the death of Dean Harold Meyers now that the Supreme Court has ruled that people cannot be executed...
  • Teen Sniper No Longer Faces Death Penalty (Malvo Might Now Confess)

    03/01/2005 7:47:06 PM PST · by KidGlock · 33 replies · 1,074+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/05
    Today: March 01, 2005 at 19:43:10 PST Teen Sniper No Longer Faces Death Penalty By MATTHEW BARAKAT ASSOCIATED PRESS McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday barring the execution of juvenile killers means Lee Boyd Malvo can no longer face the death penalty for his role in the 2002 Washington sniper case or other slayings around the country. Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, has already been convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole for two of the murders. Prosecutors had planned to try him in other jurisdictions in hopes of...
  • D.C. sniper's death sentence challenged - Lawyers argue Muhammad didn't pull the trigger

    11/03/2004 1:15:37 AM PST · by weegee · 7 replies · 416+ views
    Associated Press via Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 2, 2004, 7:41PM | By MATTHEW BARAKAT
    RICHMOND, VA. - John Allen Muhammad's lawyers argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the convicted sniper cannot be sentenced to death under a Virginia law because he did not pull the trigger in the October 2002 killing spree. Muhammad was sentenced to die after being convicted of two counts of capital murder last year in the shooting of Dean Harold Meyers near Manassas. Prosecutors had argued Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo formed a sniper team and were thus equally culpable — even though Malvo said he pulled the trigger. Defense lawyer Peter Greenspun contended that Virginia law...
  • Malvo gets life sentence in 2002 killing.

    10/26/2004 1:41:22 PM PDT · by 7.62 x 51mm · 57 replies · 1,144+ views
    CNN Website ^ | Tuesday, October 26, 2004 Posted: 3:37 PM EDT (1937 GMT) | CNN
    Malvo gets life sentence in 2002 killing. Teen pleads guilty in man's murder, attempt on woman's life. (CNN) -- Convicted teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced Tuesday to two terms of life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder. He was charged with killing Kenneth Bridges, 53, outside a gas station in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and attempting to kill Caroline Seawell at an arts and crafts store, also in Spotsylvania County. Malvo, 19, already is serving a life sentence without parole for the murder of FBI analyst Linda Franklin, 47, outside a Home Depot in...
  • Va. Judge Dismisses Indictment Vs. Sniper (DC Sniper)

    10/01/2004 8:56:51 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 51 replies · 2,400+ views
    5 minutes ago FAIRFAX, Va. - A judge dismissed an indictment Friday against convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad, ruling that the state waited too long to try him for capital murder in the death of an FBI (news - web sites) analyst who was shot in a store parking lot. Muhammad is already on Virginia's death row for one of the killings in the October 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington area.
  • Battlefield Conversions to Islam for Pay

    09/29/2004 2:32:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies · 680+ views
    Francona Commentaries ^ | October 2002 | Rick Francona
    Battlefield Conversions to Islam for Pay October 2002 Commentary by Rick Francona John Allen Muhammad, the alleged DC sniper, is a Gulf War veteran and convert to Islam. A little-known byproduct of the Gulf War - Saudi efforts to convert U.S. troops to Islam – may be making unwelcome headlines as this case progresses. During Operations Desert Shield (the defense of Saudi Arabia) in 1990 and Desert Storm (the liberation of Kuwait) in 1991, there was a well-funded and orchestrated effort sponsored by the Saudi government to convert as many American military members as possible to Islam. The primary targets...
  • D.C. Sniper Complains to Judge About Underwear (John Allen Mohammad Cries to Judge)

    08/31/2004 4:36:27 PM PDT · by harrycarey · 17 replies · 917+ views
    AP ^ | 8/31/04
    Sniper Complains to Judge About Underwear By MATTHEW BARAKAT ASSOCIATED PRESS FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad complained to a judge Tuesday that his jailers refuse to let him wear underwear and have restricted his access to his legal files. A sheriff's spokeswoman denied the claims made at the conclusion of a pretrial hearing in the second capital-murder case against Muhammad. Trial is scheduled for October. "How does it make the courtroom safe with me coming in, no T-shirt, no underwear, no socks?" Muhammad asked Judge Jonathan Thacher. Muhammad has been under especially tight security since a...
  • Sniper Muhammad slips chain during pretrial hearing

    07/29/2004 4:27:38 PM PDT · by petitfour · 25 replies · 1,211+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 29, 2004 | Associated Press
    FAIRFAX — A court hearing for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad was delayed briefly today after Muhammad wriggled out of a chain strapped around his waist during a recess. Muhammad was placed back into restraints without incident, but for a few minutes he was in the courtroom with a lengthy chain gathered in his hands that could have been used as a weapon. Lt. Tony Shobe, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, which handles court security, said deputies did not notice the missing chain when they brought Muhammad from a holding cell back to the courtroom after a...
  • Fairfax County to Prosecute Muhammad

    04/29/2004 9:53:38 PM PDT · by FoxInSocks · 7 replies · 183+ views
    AP via WTOP news ^ | April 29, 2004 | WTOP News
    FAIRFAX -- It looks like convicted sniper John Muhammad will go on trial again. Muhammad was sentenced to death last year after being convicted in the October 2002 death of Dean Myers in Prince William County, one of the fatal shootings that terrorized the Washington area. Now Fairfax County prosecutor Robert Horn plans to put Muhammad on trial for the death of Linda Franklin, another sniper victim. Muhammad's younger accomplice, Lee Malvo, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year for Franklin's death. Horan says Virginia lawmakers cleared the way for the second sniper trial when they approved...
  • Two Men to Share Sniper Reward

    03/20/2004 5:43:47 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 5 replies · 265+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | March 20, 2004 | AP
    <p>ROCKVILLE, Md. — Two men will share a $500,000 reward for providing information that led to the arrests of the Washington-area snipers nearly two years ago, officials said Saturday.</p> <p>Robert Holmes, of Tacoma, Wash., will get $350,000 for tipping authorities that his friend John Allen Muhammad might be the shooter. Whitney Donahue, of Greencastle, Pa., will get $150,000 for spotting the snipers' Chevrolet Caprice at a rest stop in Frederick County, Md., where they were arrested.</p>
  • Amnesty International USA Statement on Sentencing John Allen Muhammad to Death

    03/09/2004 7:21:54 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 65 replies · 426+ views
    Amnesty International USA Statement on Sentencing John Allen Muhammad to Death 3/9/2004 3:36:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Edward Jackson of Amnesty International USA, 202-544-0200 ext. 302 or 202-251-3894 (cell) WASHINGTON, March 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Dr. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, released the following statement on Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr.'s decision to uphold the jury's recommendation of death for John Allen Muhammad: "The death sentence for John Allen Muhammad means that the killing associated with the Washington, D.C. area sniper case will continue. More than half the world's nations already have...
  • DC Sniper gets death penalty

    03/09/2004 2:06:47 PM PST · by drew · 13 replies · 280+ views
    yahoo ^ | 3/9/04 | drew
    Sniper Killer Muhammad Sentenced to Death Tue Mar 9, 1:03 PM ET By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer MANASSAS, Va. - A judge rejected John Allen Muhammad's insistence of innocence and sentenced him to death Tuesday, saying his actions in the Washington-area sniper shootings that left 10 people dead were "so vile that they were almost beyond comprehension." Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. also turned aside a plea from Muhammad's lawyers to spare their client's life. He ordered that Muhammad be executed on Oct. 14, but that date likely will be postponed to allow appeals. Muhammad, 43, was convicted...
  • Sniper mastermind to be sentenced Tuesday: Judge to decide whether Muhammad will die

    03/09/2004 12:51:55 AM PST · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 193+ views
    AP ^ | March 8, 2004
    MANASSAS, Va. -- A judge will decide Tuesday whether convicted sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad should die for his role in the October 2002 killing spree that left 10 people dead in the Washington, D.C., area. A jury recommended in November that Muhammad be sentenced to death for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station near Manassas, one of 13 shootings that terrorized the region during a three-week span. Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. has the option of reducing that sentence to life in prison without parole when Muhammad is formally sentenced Tuesday. Defense motions filed Friday urge leniency,...
  • Convicted DC Sniper Appeals Verdict, Death Penalty(Sniper alert)

    02/10/2004 3:01:20 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 11 replies · 257+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue February 10, 2004 04:40 PM ET | By Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Convicted sniper John Muhammad appealed his guilty verdict and death sentence in one of 10 fatal shootings that terrorized Washington, D.C. and argued his conviction was based on guesswork and emotion, not facts and law. Muhammad, a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death last November in the first trial stemming from the 2002 sniper siege in and around the U.S. capital. In legal papers filed on Monday, Muhammad's lawyers maintained that the jury could not separate the facts of the case from the inflammatory evidence presented at trial, including family photos...
  • Sniper's siblings describe violent upbringing We were raised like animals'

    02/10/2004 5:44:04 AM PST · by cateizgr8 · 31 replies · 233+ views
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Three siblings of convicted sniper John Muhammad said he was regularly and severely beaten as a child by several relatives, including an uncle who beat another child to death at a Louisiana reform school.</p> <p>"Our life was pure hell," said Aurolyn Marie Williams, one of Muhammad's sisters. "We just got beat. I wouldn't wish the life I had ... on my worst enemy." She said all six Williams children were beaten with electrical cords, switches, hose pipe and by hands.</p>
  • Prosecutors: Muhammad, Malvo set up sniper nest in Tacoma

    01/24/2004 8:08:09 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Prosecutors: Muhammad, Malvo set up sniper nest in Tacoma SEATTLE - John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo set up a sniper nest in a Tacoma field more than a month before they began their killing spree around the nation's capital, authorities say. They apparently were getting ready to shoot someone but were interrupted by a truck that cut through the field, and they abandoned their weapon, a loaded rifle with a telescopic sight and bipod, authorities said in Friday's Seattle Times. "I think it's fair to say that we believe they were set up to shoot someone. We...
  • Virginia plans to keep sniper suspects

    01/23/2004 4:22:55 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 7 replies · 241+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2004 | Matthew Barakat
    McLEAN, Va. -- Gov. Mark R. Warner plans to keep convicted snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in the state so prosecutors can put them on trial again and seek the death penalty, despite several states' requests for the men's extradition. Malvo and Muhammad were convicted last year for their roles in the October 2002 sniper spree that terrorized the Washington region and left 10 people dead. A Virginia Beach jury recommended a death sentence for Muhammad; Malvo, 18, was given a life term by a jury in Chesapeake. Several other states, including Alabama, Louisiana and Maryland, have...
  • Both Sniper Defendants Have Been Convicted, but Who Pulled the Trigger?

    12/27/2003 11:37:02 AM PST · by Jean S · 9 replies · 154+ views
    AP ^ | 12/27/03 | Adrienne Schwisow
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Both snipers have been convicted, but the verdicts have left a nagging question: Which of them pulled the trigger in the shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three others in and around the nation's capital in October 2002? In convicting Lee Boyd Malvo of murder, a jury determined he fired the head shot that killed Linda Franklin as she stood by her car. Finding Malvo to be the triggerman was necessary to convict the 18-year-old on one of two murder counts, and the guilty verdict indicated the jury believed Malvo's initial confession that he was...
  • The D.C. Sniper's Jihad

    12/10/2003 5:11:25 AM PST · by alloysteel · 4 replies · 125+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 12/10/03 | Michelle Malkin
    <p>FROM the moment John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo were arrested in the Beltway-area sniper case last fall, the media and Muslim activists wanted us to believe that the serial killings had absolutely nothing to do with Islamic terrorism: * CNN downplayed Muhammad's religious conversion - calling him by his old name, John Allen Williams, when his identity was first revealed. Malvo was cast as a clueless dupe with no true convictions.</p>
  • Witness: (Sniper) Muhammad Suspected of Lobbing Grenade Into Fellow Soldiers' Tent

    12/04/2003 3:53:29 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 181+ views
    TBO.com ^ | 12/04/03 | Sonja Barisic
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A former platoon sergeant was so unnerved by John Allen Muhammad, who was suspected of tossing a grenade into an Army tent in 1991, that he scribbled the soldier's name and dog-tag number on a piece of paper he still keeps in his wallet. "I considered him a threat," Kip Berentson, 48, said Wednesday of the sniper mastermind at the trial of Muhammad's alleged accomplice. No one was wounded in the 1991 grenade attack and no charges were brought. Lawyers for 18-year-old sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo are pursuing an insanity defense, contending Muhammad brainwashed the...
  • Louisiana trial looms for sniper suspects

    12/03/2003 12:24:25 PM PST · by Holly_P · 4 replies · 175+ views
    Shreveport Times ^ | 12/03/03 | Robert Morgan
    BATON ROUGE - Bringing accused sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo back to Louisiana to be tried in the killing of a beauty supply worker will provide "insurance" that the pair will ultimately face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Muhammad, 42, and Malvo, 18, were scheduled for arraignment today in Baton Rouge's 19th Judicial District Court, but both men remained in Virginia. Muhammad was recently found guilty of murder for his role in a sniper killing there and Malvo is currently being tried. John Sinquefield, first assistant district attorney for the 19th District, said extradition...
  • Muhammad gets death for murder

    11/24/2003 11:57:21 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 95+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2003
    D.C. SNIPER TERRORMuhammad getsdeath for murderJurors render sentence after 6-1/2 hours, trial of accused co-conspirator Malvo under way Posted: November 24, 200310:55 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Convicted D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad – senior partner in an unprecedented reign of terror that resulted in 19 shootings and 13 deaths last fall – will be executed, a jury determined this morning. Jurors in Virginia Beach, Va., handed down the death sentence after finding the 42-year-old Army veteran guilty of capital murder, conspiracy and use of a firearm to commit a felony in the first of two trials over the Beltway sniper killings....
  • Muhammad Sentencing: Death Penalty (Transcript of Chat with Steven Benjamin)

    11/24/2003 5:01:23 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 2 replies · 168+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 24 November 2003 | Steven Benjamin
    The jury in the trial of convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad has recommended the death sentence. The seven-woman, five-man jury reached its decision after less than six hours of deliberations. Criminal defense attorney Steven Benjamin was online Monday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss the case. A transcript follows. Editor's Note: Washingtonpost.com moderators retain editorial control over Live Online discussions and choose the most relevant questions for guests and hosts; guests and hosts can decline to answer questions.
  • A Plea For Equality In Media Coverage Of DC Sniper John Muhammed

    11/24/2003 10:32:25 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 8 replies · 293+ views
    ABC Radio News on hour | MB26
    A brief plea for reality in coverage of the trial of DC sniper John Muhammad. Today, a jury did the right thing and recommended the death penalty for the man who brought death to so many others. Perhaps if we considered the terror he struck into the civic soul of those living near our nation’s capitol, there might have been an even worse sentence imposed. The problem of Mr. Muhammad’s repeated rampages is over, but the basic unfairness of the news coverage surrounding his killing spree continues. In virtually every report about Mr. Muhammad, the newscaster mentions that he is...
  • Amnesty Inl USA Statement on Jury Recommendation of Death in the Case of John Allen Muhammad

    11/24/2003 3:30:48 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 21 replies · 215+ views
    Amnesty International USA Statement on Jury Recommendation of Death in the Case of John Allen Muhammad 11/24/03 4:02:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Edward Jackson of Amnesty International USA, 202-544-0200, ext. 302; 202-251-3894 (cell) WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today Dr. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, released the following statement regarding the jury's recommendation of death in the case of John Allen Muhammad: "Amnesty International extends its deepest sympathies to all of the victims and their families who have been impacted by the tragic shootings, which plagued the DC area last year. The...
  • Are there grounds for reversing D.C.-sniper's guilty verdict

    11/24/2003 9:18:43 AM PST · by FormerlyAnotherLurker · 13 replies · 139+ views
    CNN ^ | 24 November 2003 | Elaine Cassel
    <p>Based on the murder convictions, Muhammad was eligible for the death penalty, and the jury recommended that sentence.</p> <p>The verdict first will be appealed to Virginia's Court of Appeals. Then, it will doubtless be appealed by the losing side to Virginia's Supreme Court, which must review all capital murder convictions. Several important legal points will be raised by the appeal.</p>
  • Death Sentence Imposed on DC Sniper John Muhammed

    11/24/2003 7:35:06 AM PST · by Catspaw · 219 replies · 336+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 11/24/2003 | Fox News
    The decision of the jury will be announced within 15 minutes.
  • NOTE SUGGESTS SNIPER JURORS DIVIDED(Juror wants legal research on Death Penalty)

    11/21/2003 10:11:04 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 18 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | 21 Nov. 2003 | STEPHEN MANNING
    Jurors deliberated the fate of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad on Friday without reaching a decision, indicating in a message to the judge that they were divided. In a note sent after nearly four hours of deliberations, jurors asked what happens if they cannot reach a unanimous verdict, Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. said. "We have spent six weeks. ... I would simply urge you to continue your deliberations," the judge told jurors. "We really want to try to get a unanimous decision." Millette rejected a juror's request to allow jurors to do legal research on the death penalty....