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D.C. area relives terror: “Beltway Sniper” execution set for 9pm EST- tonight

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John Allen Muhammad the “Beltway Sniper” pronounced dead from lethal injection @ 9:11pm ESTfull story here:

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UPDATE: John Allen Muhammad, D.C. sniper, loses last minute Supreme Court appeal
The Supreme Court today refused to block John Allen Muhammad’s execution, scheduled for Tuesday in a Virginia prison.
More here: The Christian Science Monitor

UPDATE: Barring an unexpected intervention by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Beltway sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad will be executed this evening at 9 p.m. ET for the attacks that terrorized the nation’s capital region for three weeks in 2002 and left 10 people dead. Source: USA Today

Virginia governor won’t block execution of Beltway sniper

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has cleared the way for the execution tonight of John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of a three-week shooting spree in 2002 that left 10 people dead and paralyzed the nation’s capital.
Source: USA Today

As Virginia prepares to execute John Muhammad on Tuesday for murdering Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in Manassas, echoes of those three weeks on edge are reverberating throughout the region

AP–WHEATON, Md. – When James D. Martin was shot dead seven years ago in the parking lot of a grocery store in suburban Washington, it got little attention on the nightly news.

Early the next morning, a landscaper was fatally shot in nearby Rockville, also by a .223-caliber bullet. Then a cabbie, at a gas station not far away. There was another shooting a half-hour later just up the road — a woman slain as she sat reading on a sidewalk bench. Within 90 minutes, another woman was gunned down while vacuuming her van at a service station.

By 10 a.m., it was clear that something sinister was happening. Something awful.

Then it spread.

A sniper killing that night in Washington moved the killings south. The next day, a woman was wounded in a craft store parking lot in Fredericksburg, Va., 50 miles from D.C.

Fear reigned. People stayed indoors, afraid to go shopping or pump gas. Authorities on television recommended ways to avoid becoming targets. Schoolchildren were kept inside at recess and drilled on duck-and-cover techniques.

Then came a lull — three days without a shooting. But on Oct. 7, 13-year-old Iran Brown was shot in the chest as he was dropped off at school in Bowie, Md., just east of Washington.

Chief Moose

“Shooting a kid — it’s getting to be really, really personal now,” a tearful Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose told a news conference as the nation’s collective concerns settled on its capital.

There were three more fatal sniper shootings in Virginia the next week, followed by another break — three days. Four. Five. Just long enough for people to relax, at least a little.

“We were thinking everything was going to be OK,” said retired school teacher Bernice Easter, of Wheaton.

It wasn’t. On Oct. 19, a man was shot outside a steakhouse in Ashland, Va., about 80 miles south of Washington. Three more days passed quietly. Then bus driver Conrad Johnson was killed in Aspen Hill, Md., not far from where the shootings began.

John Muhammad and Lee Malvo

On Oct. 24, police captured John Allen Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo at a rest stop 50 miles northwest of D.C. The nerve-tingling terror that had gripped the region’s 5.4 million people and captivated the nation was over.

As Virginia prepares to execute Muhammad on Tuesday for murdering Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in Manassas, echoes of those three weeks on edge are reverberating throughout the region.

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