Jury convicts Muhammad of six sniper slayings
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 31, 2006
ROCKVILLE, Md. - John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six Washington-area sniper killings Tuesday after Muhammad's protege portrayed him as the mastermind of an audacious terror scheme.
Muhammad, 45, is already under a death sentence in Virginia for a killing there. The most he can get for the six murders in Maryland is life in prison without parole.
The jury took slightly more than four hours to convict him after a four-week trial in which he acted as his own attorney.
As the verdict was read, Muhammad stood grim-faced, his arms folded across chest. He was led out of the courtroom, pausing to ask the judge, "Your honor, may I speak?" The judge answered, "No, sir," and Muhammad was taken away.
Ten people in all were killed and three were wounded in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., in the string of shootings that spread fear through the area.
Muhammad may face trial for shootings in Alabama and Louisiana; he and Lee Boyd Malvo are also linked to shootings in Maryland, Arizona, Georgia and Washington state.
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