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Bench Trial Possible for Sniper Suspect

Prosecutors believe they can find an impartial jury in Prince William County to try John Muhammad, the sniper suspect, but they will consider his request to allow a judge to decide the case, court papers show. Mr. Muhammad would have to “voluntarily and intelligently” waive his right to a jury trial and swear to accept the judge’s verdict and sentence before prosecutors would consider allowing a bench trial, Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said. Mr. Muhammad, 42, is charged with capital murder in the Oct. 9 killing of Dean H. Meyers, 53, at a gas station north of Manassas. Full Story

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