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Sniper Suspects Face Va. Charges

October 29, 2002

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SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) _ The teenager arrested in the sniper slayings may have fired the shot that killed an FBI analyst, a prosecutor said Monday as Virginia charged both suspects with crimes that could bring the death penalty.

John Lee Malvo, 17, and John Allen Muhammad, 41, now face murder charges in both Virginia and Maryland in the three-week series of attacks that killed 10 people and wounded three. Alabama has charged them in a killing during a robbery. No decision had been made yet on federal charges.

In a separate development Monday, authorities in Washington state said that they had linked Muhammad to the Tacoma shooting death of a 21-year-old woman whose aunt once worked for Muhammad’s auto repair business.

Muhammad also is linked to a shooting last spring at a Tacoma synagogue in which no one was injured, Tacoma police said.

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