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Attorney for D.C. Sniper to Ask for Client's Clemency

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The attorney for convicted D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad says he plans to ask for clemency for his client. Muhammad was sentenced to death in 2002 for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a string of shootings that left ten people dead and three wounded in Virginia, Maryland and the District. He is scheduled for execution next month.

But his attorney, Jonathan Sheldon plans to file a clemency request next week with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. According to his law firm's web site Sheldon also plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kaine previously has said he's unlikely to grant clemency but would review the request.

Muhammad's accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo, a teenager at the time of the shootings, is serving life in prison.

Natalie Neumann has the details...

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