Sniper Attorneys to Appeal Execution to High Court

November 3, 2009 - 12:33 PM
Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution.

In a Tuesday Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad is escorted into the Virginia Beach Circuit Court in Virginia Beach, Va. Muhammad will die by lethal injection when he is executed next month. (AP Photo/Dave Ellis, File pool)

Washington (AP) - Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution.
 
Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 10 at a Virginia prison.
 
Attorneys for the 48-year-old have said they planned to file the appeal Tuesday. They asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for clemency last month.
 
Muhammad is to be executed for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas, Va., gas station during a three-week killing spree in October 2002 that left 10 dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 
Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana and Alabama. Malvo is serving a life sentence in prison.