11 Nov 2009

Sniper executed for 2002 killing in US

3:40 pm on 11 November 2009

The man behind a series of sniper attacks in and around Washington DC seven years ago has been executed after a last-ditch appeal was turned down.

The BBC reports John Allen Muhammad's execution came after the Governor of Virginia rejected a plea for clemency.

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court quashed an appeal for a stay of execution.

Muhammad's lawyers said he was mentally ill.

Muhammad, 48, was injected with a lethal drug for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers, one of 10 people killed during the attacks.

Muhammad's accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, is serving a life sentence in jail.