Gov. Tim Kaine issued a statement Tuesday after denying clemency for John Allen Muhammad, one of the convicted 2002 Washington, D.C. metro area snipers.
In the statement, Kaine stated the reasons for the execution, which was held Tuesday night at the Greensville Correctional Facility.
In Virginia, Muhammad was convicted of the planned murder of Dean Meyers in 2002. He and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested for 10 murders and three other shootings in the Washington D.C., area.
The Virginia Supreme Court confirmed Muhammad’s convictions and death sentence on April 22, 2005. The United States Supreme Court rejected Muhammad’s petition for a writ of certiorari on May 15, 2006.
“Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, 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’s statement said. “Accordingly, I decline to intervene.”
by priya saxena, news staff writer