RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia judge on Wednesday set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 dead.
The attorney general's office last week requested a Nov. 9 execution, but Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O'Brien chose a day later.
Nov. 10, a Tuesday, was picked so courts would be open the day before in case of last-minute appeals, said Jonathan Sheldon, Muhammad's attorney, who agreed on the date during an early morning conference call with O'Brien and the attorney general's office.
Sheldon said Muhammad will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for clemency.
Muhammad was sentenced to death for the slaying of Dean Meyers, who was shot at a Manassas gas station during a three-week killing spree in October 2002 that left 10 dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.