Fairfax County commonwealth's attorney Robert Horan Junior says he will wait to see how much state money his office gets before deciding whether to prosecute Muhammad for the shooting of Linda Franklin.
He'd said earlier that he wanted to seek a second death sentence in case Muhammad's first conviction was overturned on appeal.
But the Washington Post reports in Sunday's editions that he says he'd have to reconsider that if his budget is cut so much that he has to lay off assistant prosecutors.
Muhammad and 19-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo have been linked to 20 shootings, including 13 deaths, including one each in Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Washington, D.C.
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