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Maryland sets trial dates for convicted snipers

[JURIST] A Maryland judge has set trial dates for John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo [Wikipedia profiles] on charges from six Maryland deaths in the pair's 2002 DC-area sniper shooting spree. Muhammad is scheduled to stand trial May 1, 2006, and Malvo's trial will follow on Oct. 10, 2006. Both face six counts of first-degree murder in Maryland, after already having been convicted for shootings in Virginia [JURIST report]. The two states agreed to allow the pair to be tried in Maryland if they are returned to Virginia's custody afterward. Both trials are expected to last about two months. Muhammad already has been sentenced to death [JURIST report] in Virginia, while Malvo is serving a life sentence [JURIST report] because he was 17 at the time of the shootings. The two were also linked to shootings in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Washington state. AP has more.

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