US Supreme Court refuses to stop sniper execution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block
Tuesday's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen
Muhammad.

The Court did not comment Monday on why it refused to consider
his appeal.

Muhammad is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison
for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a
three-week spree in October 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and
Washington, D.C.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also
suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana,
Alabama and Arizona. Malvo is serving a life sentence in prison.

Muhammad still has a clemency petition before Virginia Gov.
Timothy M. Kaine.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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