- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lee Boyd Malvo met yesterday with police from Tucson, Ariz., who are investigating whether Malvo and fellow sniper John Allen Muhammad were responsible for a golf course shooting there in March 2002, Malvo’s attorney said.

Malvo spent about two hours speaking with Tucson detectives at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, attorney William Brennan said. Malvo, already serving a life term in Virginia for one of the October 2002 sniper shootings, is in Maryland awaiting sentencing for six sniper killings in Montgomery County.

Mr. Brennan would not discuss the substance of the meeting.

Tucson police have long sought to speak with Malvo about the March 19, 2002, killing of Jerry Taylor, 60, who died from a single shot fired from long range as he practiced on the Fred Enke Golf Course. The case has never been conclusively tied to Muhammad or Malvo.

Capt. Bill Richards, commander of the violent crimes division with Tucson police, declined to comment yesterday, except to say that “we do feel that in the very near future, we’ll be able to discuss things … in a broader sense.”

After his arrest Oct. 24, 2002, at a Frederick County, Md., highway rest stop, Malvo told authorities that he had shot a senator on a golf course in Arizona. Mr. Taylor was not a senator. Muhammad and Malvo were visiting Muhammad’s older sister at the time, but police didn’t have enough evidence to prove they were responsible for Mr. Taylor’s death.

In addition to the 10 killings and three woundings in the Washington area, the two men are suspects in earlier shootings that year in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Washington state and are reportedly linked to shootings in Florida, Texas and California.

Both were convicted of separate Virginia killings in 2003. Muhammad was sentenced to death while Malvo was given a life prison term.

They were sent to Montgomery County last year to stand trial in six killings. Muhammad was convicted in May, a case that included testimony against him by Malvo. Earlier this month, Malvo formally pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9.

Mr. Brennan said he planned to contact authorities in other jurisdictions where Muhammad and Malvo are accused of sniper shootings to discuss a larger plea deal that would allow Malvo to serve his life sentence in federal prison.

Virginia prosecutors, however, oppose such a deal.


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