Tuesday, November 10, 2009
D.C. Sniper Mohammed to be Executed Tonight
In about one hour, at 9:00pm EDT, the D. C. sniper John Allen Mohammed will be put to death by lethal injection in the state of Virginia.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to consider the appeal and stop the execution of Mohammed. Additionally Virginia governor Tim Kaine refused to stay the execution, clearing the way for legal and just punishment to be served to the man who, in 2002, planned and executed terrorist shootings that left 10 dead and a community afraid to leave their homes.
Mohammed's three-week killing spree in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., was carried out with teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo. Malvo is serving life in prison without parole; at the time the terrorist acts were committed he was not of legal age to be considered for execution.
Muhammad was sentenced to death specifically for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in northern Virginia. He and Malvo were also suspected of fatal shootings in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana and Washington state.
Prosecutors chose to put Muhammad and Malvo on trial in Virginia first because of the state's willingness to execute killers. He and Malvo were also convicted of six other murders in Maryland and both were sentenced to six life terms.