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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Sniper Execution

6:14 PM, Nov 9, 2009   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP and WUSA) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad.

The Court did not comment Monday on why it refused to consider his appeal.

His lawyers had argued that Muhammad was suffering delusions and paranoia and should never have been allowed to represent himself on the first day of his trial. They say his mental illness was caused in part by brain damage suffered as a child when he was beaten by his father.

Muhammad is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree in October 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


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Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona. Malvo is serving a life sentence in prison.

Muhammad still has a clemency petition before Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

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