November 3, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 10 at a Virginia prison. Attorneys for the 48-year-old have said they planned to file the appeal Tuesday. They asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for clemency last month. Muhammad is to be executed for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas, Va., gas station during a three-week killing spree in October 2002 that left 10 dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
October 15, 2009
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- The attorney for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad says he plans to ask for clemency for his client, who's scheduled for execution next month. Jonathan Sheldon plans to file the request next Thursday with Gov. Timothy Kaine, according to an announcement on his law firm's Web site. Sheldon also plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. Kaine previously has said he's unlikely to grant clemency but would review Muhammad's request. Muhammad was sentenced to death for the October 2002 slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a string of shootings that left 10 people dead and three wounded in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
September 16, 2009
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.
March 14, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court on Friday decided not to hear a request by convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad to seek a new trial. The Court of Appeals decision was posted on its Web site, but the judges didn't offer a written ruling of their denial of Muhammad's request for a writ of certiorari. Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted in 2006 on six counts of first-degree murder in Montgomery County for the October 2002 sniper shootings that terrorized the area.
May 7, 2003
Sniper victims' fund tops $500,000 ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Checks for $5,000 will be distributed to the families of 16 people shot in the Washington area sniper shootings, money that comes from $500,000 raised by a victim advocacy group. The payments are the third by the Victims' Rights Foundation, which has taken donations from across the country to help relatives of those killed and survivors of the sniper shootings. This round also includes two Prince George's men allegedly shot by sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in September.
September 29, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- 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.
October 14, 2003
email@example.com FAIRPLAY - Sitting at the bar Monday afternoon at McNamee's Tavern, Earl Church didn't have to think long about the prospect of possibly being a sniper target. "Downright scary, really," said Church, 59, of Fairplay. "If they could've got here, I could've got shot. They shot a bus driver. I don't know. " McNamee's, May's Service Station and the Nibble Quik convenience store at the intersection of Md. 65 and Md. 68 are the only storefronts near Fairplay.
May 12, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Convicted Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad should never have been allowed to act as his own lawyer for part of his 2003 capital murder trial, his attorney said Tuesday in a federal appeals hearing. Muhammad's conviction and death sentence should be thrown out because his trial lawyers failed to tell a judge that the mastermind of the 2002 shootings was too mentally impaired to represent himself, attorney Jonathan Sheldon said. A lawyer for the state of Virginia argued that Muhammad's competency was never an issue in his trial for one of 10 killings committed by Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo.
November 10, 2009
JARRATT, Va. (AP) -- Sniper John Allen Muhammad refused to utter any last words as he was executed, taking to the grave answers about why and how he plotted the killings of 10 people that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area for three weeks in October 2002. The 48-year-old died by injection at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday as relatives of the victims watched from behind glass, separated from the rest of the 27 witnesses at Greensville Correctional Center, south of Richmond. Muhammad was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a Manassas gas station during the spree across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. He never testified or explained why he masterminded the shootings with the help of a teenage accomplice.
July 29, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo tells actor William Shatner on a cable TV special that he and his partner tried to recruit fellow shooters for their 2002 spree and that his accomplice killed one man for backing out, according to the program set for airing Thursday. In a telephone call from a southwest Virginia prison, Malvo told Shatner two men planned to join in the attacks to make them more deadly but reneged. Malvo said his fellow shooter, John Allen Muhammad, killed one of the men in retaliation.