RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed the capitalmurder conviction and death sentence of D.C.-area sniper mastermindJohn Allen Muhammad.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appealsissued its unanimous ruling Friday. The panel rejected severalclaims by Muhammad, including that he never should have beenallowed to act as his own lawyer for part of his 2003 trial becausehe was too mentally impaired.
The 2002 shootings by Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee BoydMalvo terrorized the Washington, D.C., area. In all, 10 people werekilled in four states, including Alabama and Louisiana before thepair moved on to Virginia, Maryland and D.C.
Attorney General Bill Mims released the following statementtoday regarding the decision to deny habeas relief:
“We are pleased the U.S. Court of Appeals has denied JohnMuhammad’s claims to overturn the just decision of the PrinceWilliam County jury that imposed the death penalty against him forthe capital murders he committed in Prince William County. Duringhis horrific shooting spree in the fall of 2002, Muhammad killed 10and wounded six innocent people in four different states and theDistrict of Columbia.”
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