Perpetrator of D.C. sniper attacks in 2002 executed

       Seven years after the three-week long series of sniper attacks in the D.C. area that left 10 dead, the mastermind, John Allen Muhammad, was executed on Tuesday.
       Muhammad's final appeal was denied by the United States Supreme Court, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine denied the killer clemency Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.
       Although this could have meant closure for the grieving families, as they watched Muhammed calmly face his sentence, the sniper never revealed his motives, the Associated Press said.
       "There are no winners here. We are not celebrating. It was a sad day for everyone," said Bob Meyers, whose brother Dean H. Meyers was one of the victims, shot at a gas station, The Washington Post said.
       The Post reported that Muhammed deviated from several typical practices of death row inmates: he declined to meet with a spiritual adviser, he asked that the details of his final meal remain private, and he had no final words.
       In the words of J. Wyndal Gordon, one of his attorneys, "He will die with dignity-- dignity to the point of defiance," the Associated Press said.
       Muhammad's accomplice, then 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo, is serving a life sentence without parole.


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