VIRIGINIA — D.C. area sniper John Lee Muhammad, 48, was executed by lethal injection last Tuesday, according to CNN.
Muhammad was convicted of murdering 10 people and wounding three others during a three-week killing spree in October 2002. The death penalty was waived for his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the sniper attacks.
After years of appeals filed by his lawyer, Jon Sheldon, Muhammad, who professed innocence was denied a last-minute clemency request by Virginia governor Tim Kaine, the day after the Supreme Court declined to intervene in his case.
In a written statement issued Tuesday, Sheldon accused the State of Virginia of rushing to “execute a severely mentally ill man who also suffered from Gulf War Syndrome the day before Veterans Day,” CNN.com reported.
His second wife, Mildred Muhammad, the mother of three of his four children, said she blamed the Gulf War for the changes in his personality.
“He went from someone who was always happy, that knew what direction he was going in, and was focused,” she said, “to a person that was totally confused, depressed all of the time, and didn’t know what to do to get to where he wanted to be.”
She also stated that he never received any counseling after returning from the Gulf War but it was not mentioned why he had not.
John Lee Muhammad was executed on Tuesday at 9:11 p.m. He leaves behind four children and two ex-wives.
Do you think if he had received counseling, the sniper attacks would not have occurred?