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On this date in 2003, a jury convicted a Black man, John Allen Muhammad, of capital murder. The verdict was handed down in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The jury concluded he used a rifle, a beat-up car, and a teenager who idolized him to kill randomly and terrorize the Washington D.C. area during the previous year's sniper spree.
On November 24, 2003, the jury decided Muhammad should be executed for masterminding those sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area for three weeks in the fall of 2002.
Muhammad was executed by lethal injection on November 10, 2009, at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, Virginia, and was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. EST. Muhammad declined to make a final statement.