D.C. area sniper John Allen Muhammad executed

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

JARRATT, VA (WWBT) - Seven years after his reign of terror, the D.C. sniper met his own fate.

"The execution of John Allen Muhammad has been carried out under the laws of the commonwealth of Virginia. Death was pronounced at 9:11 pm," said Larry Traylor, Department of Corrections Spokesperson.

Outside the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarrett, no sign of protestors just countless members of the media awaiting word on John Allen Muhammad's final moments. At 8:58 p.m., a media witness says Muhammad staggered into the death chamber wearing a blue shirt and denim jeans. Eight minutes later, a lethal chemical mix began flowing through his veins. Muhammad did not speak or show emotion.

"His head tilted slightly to the right and his eyes were closed and that's the way he remained," said Traylor.

Muhammad was executed for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers who was shot outside a Manassas gas station during Muhammad's three week killing spree. Relatives of Muhammad's victims also witnessed the execution as well as Muhammad's attorney, John Sheldon. Sheldon read aloud a statement from his lawyers, children and family: at one point, fighting back tears.

"Our sympathies also extend to the children of john Muhammad who with humility and self consciousness today lost a father and a member of their family," said John Sheldon, Muhammad's Attorney.

His last meal we're told by one of his attorneys, chicken with red sauce and chocolate cake. Muhammad's body is now on its way to the medical examiner's office in Richmond where it will be released to his family. They plan to have a private burial in Louisiana.

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