Sniper Trial Now Capital Case The judge in the Virginia Beach trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad rules that Muhammad is eligible for the death penalty under Virginia law because, in the judge's words, there is evidence to support the government's claim that Muhammad was the "principal instigator" of the Washington-area shootings. Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, faces a separate trial in a related killing. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
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Judge Makes Muhammad Sniper Case a Capital Trial

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Judge Makes Muhammad Sniper Case a Capital Trial

Judge Makes Muhammad Sniper Case a Capital Trial

Judge Makes Muhammad Sniper Case a Capital Trial

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The judge in the Virginia Beach trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad rules that Muhammad is eligible for the death penalty under Virginia law because, in the judge's words, there is evidence to support the government's claim that Muhammad was the "principal instigator" of the Washington-area shootings. Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, faces a separate trial in a related killing. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.