DC sniper juror now says Muhammad doesn't deserve to die (WTKR)
Thursday November 5th, 2009
Don't kill convicted DC sniper John Muhammad.
That's what a Virginia Beach juror who sat on the trial is now saying just days before his execution
According to John Muhammad's lawyer, an MRI of the DC snipers brain proves he is schizophrenic.
And Muhammad's legal team says it has that and more to show the man set to be executed in six days shouldn't be because jurors like Elizabeth Young were never told he was severely mentally ill, something Young is now speaking out about.
"Just cannot believe that there was all this evidence of mental illness and childhood abuse and schizophrenia and we the jury were not presented with that evidence"
Young recorded a telephone interview with Muhammad's lawyers a few weeks ago.
It's been sent to governor Kaine as part of a request to drop Muhammad's sentence to life in prison without parole.
Something young says she believes the governor should do.
"I'm absolutely convinced that the death penalty is not the right punishment in this case. I believe that justice is done, justice is served by him being in prison for life"
In a letter written by Muhammad and just released today, Muhammad talks about the fact that his lawyers didn't introduce his mental illness in court, saying quote "even though they had it"
Muhammad goes on to say police and prosecutors are murdering an innocent black man.
Young doesn't go that far in her interview, but does say she now believes Muhammad's trial wasn't fair.
"I feel now like we were pawns in a game with rules that we didn't fully understand, nor did we have all the information that we needed and it seemed like the outcome was pretty much pre-determined"