Governor Kaine: No Reason To Stop Sniper Execution

11:52 AM, Sep 29, 2009   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine says 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.

Kaine says on his monthly radio show on WTOP that Muhammad's lawyers have yet to ask for clemency, but he will review any petitions. He says he knows of no credible claim of innocence or procedural error that would cause him to stop the execution.

A federal court has rejected Muhammad's arguments that prosecutors withheld critical evidence and that he should not have been allowed to act as his own attorney for part of his trial due to mental illness.


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