A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

Maryland prosecutor says no death penalty for DC sniper suspect

[JURIST] Prosecutor Douglas Gansler [official profile] of the Montgomery County State's Attorneys Office [official website] in Maryland said Thursday that he will not seek the death penalty for DC sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad [Wikipedia profile], who is charged with six counts of first degree murder related to the three-week series of shootings in the Washington, DC area in October 2002. Gansler said that he will only seek life sentences without the possibility of parole for Muhammad since he was already convicted of murder and sentenced to death [JURIST report] for a shooting in Mannasas, Virginia.

Moved to Montgomery County [JURIST report] in August, Muhammad's Maryland trial is scheduled to begin on May 1 [JURIST report]. His suspected accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo [Wikipedia profile], is set to face trial on October 10 and has already been sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] for a sniper shooting in Falls Church, Virginia. AP has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.