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Second trial begins for DC sniper Muhammad

[JURIST] Jury selection will begin Monday in the second trial [JURIST report] of John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile], who was convicted of one sniper shooting in Virginia but now faces six murder charges for killings in Maryland that occurred during the three-week shooting spree [BBC backgrounder] in the Washington, DC area in 2002. The trial is taking place in Montgomery County, Maryland, where most of the sniper shootings occurred, and a pool of 300 jurors will be questioned by prosecutors and Muhammad, who is representing himself [JURIST report]. The potential jurors are expected to answer questions on the extent of their knowledge of the sniper shootings and also their views on Islam, since Muhammad is a Muslim convert.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty [JURIST report] in the case, but Muhammad was already sentenced to death [JURIST report] for his Virginia conviction. His accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo [BBC profile], is serving a life sentence [JURIST report] for his conviction in the Virginia shooting and will also face trial later this year for the six Maryland killings. AP has more.

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