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Jury Takes Up Moussaoui’s Fate

April 24, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ Zacarias Moussaoui’s fate was placed Monday afternoon in the hands of a jury that will decide whether he is executed for his part in the deaths of Sept. 11, 2001.

Jurors opened deliberations at 2:26 p.m. EDT, after final pleadings from the prosecution to ``put an end to his hatred and venom″ by opting for execution, and from the defense to spare him the martyr’s death he seeks and send him to prison for life instead.

The jury decided in four days of deliberations earlier this month that Moussaoui, 37, the only man charged in this country in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was responsible for deaths that day even though he was in jail. That qualified him for the death penalty. The question now before jurors is whether he deserves it.

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