- The Washington Times - Monday, May 22, 2006

10:58 a.m.

Convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo won’t testify today in Montgomery County, but he was on everyone’s mind this morning in the second trial of convicted sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad. Circuit Court Judge James L. Ryan greeted Muhammad today with: “Good morning Mr. Malvo.” Judge Ryan quickly corrected himself.

Malvo’s appearance in court was delayed by Muhammad’s aggressive questioning of the prosecution’s witnesses last Friday, the sheriff’s office said.

“Malvo is the state’s last witness,” said Chief Deputy Sheriff Darren M. Popkin.

Mr. Popkin said that Malvo will be transported from the Clarksburg jail to the Rockville courthouse either tomorrow or Wednesday. Malvo, 21, is expected to testify in court against Muhammad, 45. It would be Malvo’s first public testimony since he and Muhammad were arrested together in October 2002. Malvo could also be cross-examined by Muhammad, who is representing himself.

Muhammad is being tried for six slayings in the county, which were part of a three-week sniper shooting spree that killed 10 and wounded three.

Muhammad was convicted in Virginia of masterminding the shootings, even though Malvo had initially confessed to pulling the trigger in all of the shootings.

A Virginia Beach jury in November 2003 sentenced Muhammad to death for coordinating and directing the shootings.

Malvo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole by a Chesapeake, Va., jury in December 2003.

Authorities say Muhammad’s second trial, which will cost taxpayers over $1 million, will provide security in case his first conviction is overturned on appeal.

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