By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities are preparing to transfer sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo from Virginia to Maryland.

Malvo was taken out of a Virginia prison today where he is serving a life sentence for the October 2002 shooting death of an FBI analyst in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Virginia Governor Mark Warner's office declined to release any more information, citing security concerns.

Malvo and John Allen Muhammad will be tried in Montgomery County, Maryland, on six first-degree murder counts. Muhammad already has been sentenced to die for a killing a Virginia man.

Alabama and Louisiana are among the other states that also want custody of the pair. Malvo and Muhammad are charged with capital murder in Alabama with fatally shooting the manager of a Montgomery
liquor store and wounding a clerk in September 2002.

The U-S Supreme Court in March outlawed the death penalty for juvenile criminals, meaning Malvo is not eligible for execution because he was 17 at the time of the shooting spree.

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