John Allen Muhammad, the man who was convicted in the Washington DC Sniper shootings, was executed last night just after 9 p-m at Virginia’s Greensville Correctional Center as anti death penalty protesters marched outside.
A prison official said the lethal injection took about five minutes to kill the 48-year-old, who killed 10 people in 2002. He said, “Mr. Muhammad was asked if he wanted to make a statement [but] he did not acknowledge us. I did not hear him utter a word. He was emotionless.”
Muhammad’s attorney, Jon Sheldon, grew emotional as he read a statement from the executed man’s family, offering sympathy for the families of the murder victims, but not acknowledging his part in their deaths.
On another sad and morbid note…
Yesterday N-B-A legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revealed that he’s suffering from cancer. The former Lakers star says he was diagnosed with the disease last year after suffering hot flashes, and joked with A-B-C News, “I’m not going through menopause — so I needed to know what that was about. My doctor said, ‘Let’s go get some blood work and see what’s going on.’”
Abdul-Jabbar suffers from chronic myloid leukemia, which affects his blood. He says, “I heard the word leukemia and I thought it was a death sentence. But my prognosis is good,” adding that if he continues to see a specialist, take his medication and get routine blood checks, “I can manage this disease.” He says he went public to let others know “they can prevail.”
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