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Kaine Clears Way for Sniper's Execution

By DENA POTTER
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RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 10) - Gov. Tim Kaine denied clemency Tuesday for sniper John Allen Muhammad, clearing the way for him to be executed for the attacks that terrorized the nation's capital region for three weeks in 2002.
Muhammad is set to die by injection Tuesday night at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. His attorneys had asked Kaine to commute his sentence to life in prison because they say he is mentally ill. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down his final appeal.
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John Allen Muhammad
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Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad listens to testimony before his sentencing in the death of Dean Harold Meyers at the Prince William County Circuit Court in 2004 in Manassas, Va.

"I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts," Kaine, who is known for carefully considering death penalty cases, said in a statement. "Accordingly, I decline to intervene."
Muhammad was sentenced to death for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a three-week spree that left 10 dead across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
He and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, also were suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona.
The motive for the shootings remains murky. Malvo said Muhammad wanted to use the plot to extort $10 million from the government to set up a camp in Canada where homeless children would be trained as terrorists. But Muhammad's ex-wife has said she believes the attacks were a smoke screen for his plan to kill her and regain custody of their three children.
For the families of those killed, the day is a long time coming.
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Cheryll Witz is one of several victims' relatives who were going to watch the execution. Malvo confessed that, at Muhammad's direction, he shot her father, Jerry Taylor, on a Tucson, Ariz., golf course in March 2002.
"He basically watched my dad breathe his last breath," she said. "Why shouldn't I watch his last breath?"
The shootings terrorized the Washington region, with victims gunned down while doing everyday chores like shopping or pumping gas. People stayed indoors. Those who had to go outside weaved as they walked or bobbed their heads to make themselves less of a target.
The terror ended on Oct. 24, 2002, when police captured Muhammad and Malvo as they slept at a Maryland rest stop in a car they had outfitted so a shooter could hide in the trunk and fire through a hole in the body of the vehicle. Malvo is serving a life sentence in Virginia.
Death penalty opponents planned vigils across the state, and some were headed for Jarratt, about an hour south of Richmond, for the execution.
Beth Panilaitis, executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said those who planned to protest understand the fear that gripped the community, and the nation, during the attacks.
"The greater metro area and the citizens of Virginia have been safe from this crime for seven years," Panilaitis said. "Incarceration has worked and life without the possibility of parole has and will continue to keep the people of Virginia safe."
Associated Press Writer Bob Lewis contributed to this report.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. Active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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Grembros

12:38 PMNov 11 2009

JUST ANOTHER MONKEY BRAINED IDIOT BLACK.

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DeeDa1947

10:31 AMNov 11 2009

I am happy for his wife and children but especially for the wife. She can now have some peace and not have to worry about him ever hurting her again. My heart goes out to the people who lost their lives and to their families.

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DeeDa1947

10:28 AMNov 11 2009

Justice will finally be carried out. It should not have taken so long. This is one of the reasons our justice system stinks. When someone does a crime such as this and is found guilty just get it over with. Why prolong the inevitable????? One less low life living among us. He is now in hell paying for his bad deeds. Let him rot there. Saying that he is mentally ill is really just an excuse cooked up by his defense attorney to prolong things. It is an insult to the men, women and children who are truly mentally ill and deserving of our help.

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Sameesams

10:14 AMNov 11 2009

Why Didnt he get the same fate as his victims? He should have been put on the top of a Parking Garage and told he was free and then let a couple of Army Snipers pick him off as he ran for his life.

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OPASHASOUL

06:10 AMNov 11 2009

Hitler was a Christian. Most of the American wars was against Christian nations. Do not even try to condemn Islam or Muslims. Islam pulled the savages from The European Dark Ages out into the European Renaissance or reawakening. And, many of the founding fathers were Masons, Shriners or moslem sons.

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LongleggedloserL

12:31 AMNov 11 2009

Bubba will be lonely tonight.

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Annoythedonkey

09:28 PMNov 11 2009

He has checked into his hotel California he will never leave, maybe the family's will finally have some closure

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Speedorfm

08:51 PMNov 11 2009

10 more minutes johnny boy!!! its a great day to be an American

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JGrant129

08:03 PMNov 11 2009

Hey Johnny boy...in 1 short hour you'll have to take the longest (and last) walk of your life! Enjoy!

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Sheriff508

07:59 PMNov 11 2009

Why does he look sooooo unhappy??? He has 72 virgins waiting for him!!!!

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Unless Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine steps in, sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad will be executed Tuesday for the attacks that terrorized the nation\'s capital region for three weeks in 2002.