DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad to Be Executed Tonight
"I think crimes that are this horrible, you just can't understand them, you can't explain them," Kaine was quoted as saying by Chron.com "They completely dwarf your ability to look into the life of a person who would do something like this and understand why."
"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts," Kaine said in a statement quoted by CNN.
Muhammad killed, during a frightening three week period in 2002, no less than 10 people, in an alleged attempt to finaly kill his former wife. He managed to elude capture by using a 1990 Chevrolet Caprice as a platform and spotting place for the killings.
The car was adapted so that it would allow Muhammad and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, shoot from the trunk, through a small hole drilled into the body of the car.
The two were captured sleeping in the car, at a Maryland rest stop, on October 24, 2002.
In a strange twist, the Caprice was eventually found to have been used, in the past, as a police undercover car in Bordentown, New Jersey.
The case, which will lead to the execution by lethal injection of Muhammad tonight, at 9 PM ET, was trialled in Virginia as prosecutors wanted to take advantage of the state’s appeal for executing killers. Their efforts, apparently, payed off.