D.C. Area Sniper Executed
Carla Peay | 11/10/2009, 8:07 a.m.
John Allen Muhammad, the man responsible for planning and carrying out sniper attacks in the D.C. Metropolitan area in 2002 died by lethal injection on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at approximately 9:11p.m at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia.
Although Muhammad€s attorneys made a last minute to both the U.S. Supreme Court and to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for clemency, it was not granted.
A spokesperson from the prison, Larry Traylor, said that Muhammad met with family members on Tuesday, but had no final statement to make before his execution.
There were 27 people on hand to witness Muhammad€s execution, many of them family members of the shootings victims.
Prince William County prosecutor Paul Ebert said that Muhammad €died very peacefully, much more so than his victims.€
For a period of three weeks in October of 2002, Muhammad and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, a teenager, had citizens in the D.C. Metro area afraid for their lives and their safety, as they began a shooting spree that had left people afraid of leaving their houses to shop, go to work, and fill their gas tanks.
Muhammad and Malvo were captured on Oct. 24 2002 at a rest stop in Maryland, when police discovered them sleeping in a car they had specially outfitted for the purposes of their sniper-like attacks. The trunk of the car had been altered in order for a hooter to hide inside the trunk while firing a gun.
Muhammad was ultimately convicted for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a gas station in Manassas, Va. The ultimate death toll during the attacks was 10. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.
In addition to the shootings in the D.C. areas, Muhammad and Malvo were also suspects in several fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Arizona and Alabama.