Video: D.C.-area sniper executed in Virginia

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    >>> but we begin in virginia where last night d.c. area sniper john allen muhammad was put to death. tom costello is at the scene of the shooting that sent him to the death chamber .

    >> reporter: dean meyers was shot over my shoulder at the sonoco while pumping gas , a tenth victim in this act. it was for this and other acts in the area that john allen muhammad was put to death last night.

    >> the execution of john allen muhammad has been carried out under the laws of the commonwealth of virginia .

    >> reporter: seven years after a murder spree that terrorizes washington, d.c. , virginia and maryland , john allen muhammad 's life came to an end at virginia 's greensville state prison .

    >> he seemed very unemotional.

    >> reporter: for three long weeks in the fall of 2002 , fear and panic gripped the greater d.c. area as shots seemed to ring out from nowhere.

    >> not again. that's a phrase uttered by many in our area.

    >> reporter: the victims were chosen at random, in parking lots and gas stations , while mowing the lawn, even a child on his way to school. in total, ten killed, three wounded. after their arrest on a maryland highway, a virginia jury convicted john allen muhammad , a gulf war veteran with mental illness, and separately, the 17-year-old he had befriended, lee boyd malvo . prosecutors say the two cut a hole in the trunk of a car from which they fired a high-powered rifle without being seen, and investigators think they may be responsible for a murder spree that stretched beyond d.c. to ten states with 17 victims. on tuesday, malvo's mother spoke to us by phone from jamaica.

    >> the first life muhammad took was my son's life. then he used my son to take others' lives.

    >> reporter: in maryland , the attorney general insisted he deserved the death penalty .

    >> he is the poster child for the person who should get it.

    >> reporter: put to death by lethal injection.

    >> he was clean-shaven, he was calm. they laid him down. he didn't resist. they asked him right after that, "mr. muhammad , do you have any last words?" didn't say anything.

    >> reporter: among the 27 witnesses, family members of the victims.

    >> this was very much justice and all the peace that i need to be able to just totally let all this go.

    >> reporter: and muhammad 's lawyer who read a statement from his family.

    >> we deeply sympathize with the families and loved ones who have to relive the pain and loss of those terrible days.

    >> reporter: muhammad 's body will be returned to louisiana for burial. lee boyd malvo was sentenced to life in prison . he was 17 years old at the time, and because of that, he cannot face the death penalty . back to you.

    >> all right, tom costello, thank

Pablo Martinez Monsivais  /  AP
In this file photo, sniper shooting suspect John Lee Malvo is escorted from court after his preliminary hearing in Fairfax, Va. In an interview with the Washington Post published on the 10th anniversary of the shooting, Malvo said the devastated reaction of a victim’s husband made him feel like “the worst piece of scum.”
updated 10/1/2012 9:06:42 AM ET 2012-10-01T13:06:42

Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the devastated reaction of a victim's husband made him feel like "the worst piece of scum."

Malvo expresses remorse in the interview with The Washington Post and urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner John Allen Muhammad so they can move on. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the deadly spree in the Washington area carried out by Malvo and John Allen Muhammad. The pair has been linked to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington area.

Malvo, 27, told the Post in a rare interview that the look on the face of victim Linda Franklin's husband right after she was shot stands out in his memory of the rampage. Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst, was killed as she and her husband loaded supplies outside a Home Depot in Falls Church, Va.

"They are penetrating," Malvo said of Ted Franklin's eyes. "It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life. His eyes ... Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it. ... You feel like the worst piece of scum on the planet."

Malvo is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole at a prison in southwest Virginia for killing Franklin. Muhammad was executed in Virginia in 2009.

John Allen Muhammad
Chris Gardner  /  AP
Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad addresses Judge James L. Ryan during a media preview before the start of his trial in Rockville, Md. His accomplice, John Lee Malvo, expressed remorse in a newspaper interview and urged the families of victims to try to forget about him and Muhammad. The two have been linked to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington, D.C. area.

The sniper-style attacks all but paralyzed the nation's capital, as people were shot at random while going about their everyday life — pumping gas, buying groceries, and for one young boy, as he went to school. The shooters used a high-powered rifle, firing from the trunk of a modified Chevy Caprice until they were tracked down at a Maryland rest stop.

Malvo also repeated previous assertions that he was manipulated by the older Muhammad during the string of attacks that took place when Malvo was 17. But he acknowledges: "I was a monster."

Malvo has declined to respond to many media requests, including letters from The Associated Press. He was interviewed in 2010 for a cable TV special.

When asked by the Post what he would say to victims' families, the remorseful Malvo said there's no way to properly convey an apology.

"We can never change what happened," Malvo said. "There's nothing that I can say except don't allow me and my actions to continue to victimize you for the rest of your life."

He added: "Don't allow myself or Muhammad to continue to make you a victim for the rest of your life. It isn't worth it."

Linda Franklin's father, Charles Moore, was incredulous about the idea that victims' relatives would be able to forget about what Malvo and Muhammad did.

"There's no way. I can't believe that. No one can go through something like that," Moore said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Moore said he believes his daughter's slaying contributed to his wife's death several years later.

"What he did just destroyed my family. I'll never be able to put it aside. Never," he said.

"There are things that stand out in your life that you think about. I'm 83 years old and I'll carry it to my grave."

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