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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Second trial began for DC sniper
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 1, 2006, jury selection in the second trial of John Allen Muhammad began in Montgomery County, Maryland. Muhammad faced six charges of murder arising from a three-week shooting spree in the Washington, DC area in 2002. Muhammad chose to represent himself during the proceedings, although he was advised by three "stand-by" attorneys. Although Muhammad faced life imprisonment at the outset of the Maryland proceedings, he had already been sentenced to death after his conviction for a similar murder charge in Virginia. Muhammad was ultimately convicted on all charges by the Maryland jury. He was executed by the state of Virginia on November 11, 2009.

John Allen Muhammad

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