- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The son of the recently executed D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad said Friday he doesn’t want to be judged by the crimes of a father he didn’t really know until the shooting spree.

“I am the son of the D.C. sniper, but not him,” 27-year-old Lindbergh Williams, striking an almost defensive chord with reporters. “You see what I’m saying? I am my own man and make my own decisions.”

Muhammad was put to death Tuesday in Virginia for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during an October 2002 shooting spree that left 10 people dead and terrorized Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., over a three-week period.

Muhammad, formerly known as John Allen Williams, grew up in Baton Rouge, where his son now lives. His family is planning a funeral Tuesday in the city but said the details weren’t yet available.

His son said he was with his father the day of his execution, but they didn’t talk about the killings. Instead, Williams said, his father embraced him, told him that he loved and missed his family and talked about “old times.”

Muhammad was in good spirits and even smiled and told jokes, his son said.

“I didn’t go to Virginia to talk about the case,” Williams said. “I went to Virginia to talk to the man that I knew as my father, for the last time. I didn’t go down there to talk to the D.C. sniper. I went down there to talk to John Allen Muhammad.”

Williams was Muhammad’s son by his first wife, Carol. The marriage lasted from 1981 to 1988, and Muhammad later remarried, had three more children and divorced again.

Williams said his father wasn’t a part of his life before the sniper shootings. But after Muhammad’s arrest, Williams said he began talking to his father on the phone and exchanging letters with him.

“I got to know him in the end,” Williams said.

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