AISHA: I’LL BE WAITING UP FOR YA MUHAMMAD!
John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the Washington sniper spree of 2002, is due to be executed in Virginia at 9pm on Tuesday after the state’s governor refused his clemency request.
Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, a Democrat, declined to stay the execution of Muhammad, 48, a former US soldier, following the United States Supreme Court’s similar decision on Monday.
Muhammad has no further avenues of appeal and is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 9pm local time at Greensville Correctional Center near Jarrett, Virginia.
He and his accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo, now 24, terrorised the Washington area, killing 10 people in a three-week period before they were arrested. Using a battered car as a firing platform, they selected their targets at random and shot them at long rage.
Under Virginia law, a condemned man may select whether to die by the electric chair or lethal election. Muhammad, who was born John Allen Williams but changed his name when he converted to Islam, declined to choose and officials therefore decided on the injection method.
His execution is for the single murder of Dean Meyers, 58, shot while buying petrol. Officials said Muhammad would be injected with thipental sodium to put him to sleep, pancuronium bromide to stop him breathing, and potassium chloride to stop his heart.
H/T: Baron Bodissey