DC sniper execution date set


RICHMOND, Va. – 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 that the execution be on Nov. 9, but Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O’Brien chose a day later. The date, which falls on a Tuesday, was picked so courts would be open the day before in case they have to take up last-minute appeals, said Jonathan Sheldon, Muhammad’s attorney.

The date was picked during an early morning conference call with the judge, the attorney general’s office and Sheldon.

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.

They were also suspected of shootings in several other states, including a killing in Louisiana and another in Alabama


Please pray he converts and repents before his execution.


I pray that his sentence will be commuted to life without parole.

I actually lived in the area where this was happening. I left my now ex-girlfriends house late one night while this was going on and she made me call her when I got home to satisfy her that I was safe. This scared my whole community. Parents drove their children to bus stops and had them wait in the car until the bus arrived. They had planned on cancleing Halloween Trick-or-Treating that year (but Mohammed and Lee Malvo were caught before it.) It was a scary, scary time. They shot a young boy as he got off his schoolbus and was walking into the school. Thanks be to God, he survived. And I think he was the only one who did survive actually being shot.

Still, yes, let’s pray for Mohammed’s conversion and Malvo’s as well.

Wow… what a scary time!

I pray for his conversion and for the sentence to be commuted to life without parole.

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