“Tonight, John Allen Muhammad was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia for his role in a killing spree that shocked our nation. Families of Virginia were held hostage in their homes, fearing they would be the next victim of a sniper’s bullet. Muhammad was executed for the murder of Dean Meyers, who was shot and killed while fueling his car at a gas station in Manassas. Meyers was one of 10 people murdered, with six additional victims shot, across four states and Washington, D.C., during 47 days of terror by Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. The murder of Meyers was the 12th in the string of 16 shootings. A jury convicted Muhammad of the premeditated capital murder of Meyers in the commission of an act of terrorism, and the premeditated capital murder of Meyers within three years of the premeditated murders of other persons. The jury sentenced him to death for those crimes.
“While nothing can bring back the loved ones lost and lives shattered, tonight justice was served to the fullest extent of the law. Muhammad’s acts seven years ago remain particularly vivid in our minds today.
“Muhammad’s death penalty was exhaustively reviewed and affirmed by the trial court, Virginia Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court, and the Governor has declined to intervene. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the surviving victims and their families and friends, and with the families and friends of the 10 innocent victims slain by Muhammad during the unprecedented time of terror in the fall of 2002.”
And all I have to say is:
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:2-4, ESV)