Arizona Woman to Attend D.C. Sniper Execution
John Allen Muhammad
The daughter of a Tucson man believed to have been murdered by the D.C. sniper plans tol be front and center today when the state of Virginia is scheduled to pump a lethal dose of potassium chloride into the murderer's bloodstream.
Jerry Taylor was one of at least 11 victims linked to the three-week murder spree committed by John Allen Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, that stretched from Arizona to Virginia back in 2002.
Taylor's daughter, Cheryl Wiltz, will be in Virginia today to watch Muhammed die -- she seems to be looking forward to it, too.
"[Muhammed] took part in watching my dad die, and I want to watch him die. That's justice to me," Wiltz tells CBS 5 (KPHO-TV).
The duo was never convicted of murdering Taylor, but it is widely believed that the snipers are linked to victims in Arizona, Louisiana, and Alabama, as well as the muders they are convicted of committing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Taylor was standing on a golf course in Tucson when he was shot dead by an unknown gunman.
After Malvo and Muhhamed were arrested, Wiltz wrote Malvo a letter begging him to confess to the murder of her father, which he did.
Malvo confessed that he, at the direction of Muhammed, murdered Taylor.
Today, Muhhamed's ride through the legal system will more than likely come to an end. Muhammed was denied an appeal to block the execution by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday and his final hope is a last-minute appeal to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.
Assuming Kaine allows the execution to take place, Muhhamed will be put down later today.
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.