[JURIST] AP is reporting that Judge M. Langhorne Keith of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia has dismissed charges against convicted "DC sniper" John Allen Muhammad in the second capital murder trial against him (he was previously tried and convicted on charges laid in Prince William County).
Judge Keith held that Muhammad's right to a speedy trial in the second proceeding had been violated. View the court's opinion here [PDF]. Background documents in the case are available here.
Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase....
- Judge in sniper trial recuses himself over speedy trial probe
- Prosecutors in sniper case file motion to remove judge
- Trial of convicted sniper delayed until 2005