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Nov 10, 2009 12:10 PM

Virginia governor clears the way for execution of sniper

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has cleared the way for the execution of sniper John Allen Muhammad.

Kaine denied Muhammad's clemency request Tuesday. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night at a Virginia prison for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree that left 10 people dead in 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona. Malvo is serving a life sentence.

Muhammad's attorney, Jonathan Sheldon, says Virginia will be executing a severely mentally ill man.

Muhammad has exhausted all of his court appeals.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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