John Allen Muhammad
Updated: Monday, 09 Nov 2009, 12:48 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 12 May 2009, 9:08 AM EDT
RICHMOND (AP) - Lawyers for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad are asking a federal appeals court in Virginia to toss out his conviction and death sentence.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears Muhammad's case Tuesday.
Muhammad was sentenced to death during a Virginia Beach trial, for the October 2002 murder of Dean Meyers in Prince William County. Meyers was one victim in a shooting spree by Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo that left 10 dead and six wounded in four states and the District of Columbia. Malvo is serving a life sentence.
On appeal, Muhammad claims prosecutors withheld crucial evidence. He also alleges errors by his court-appointed attorneys and the trial judge.
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