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Muhammad guilty of capital murder

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Accused Washington sniper John Muhammad Monday was convicted of capital murder by a jury in Virginia Beach, Va.

After less than seven hours of deliberation, the jury in the case against Muhammad found him guilty on all four counts for which he was tried, including terrorism, capital murder, conspiracy and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, broadcast reports said.

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Muhammad, 42, could now face capital punishment in the upcoming penalty phase of the trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday at 2 p.m. EST, CNN reported.

Muhammad and suspected teenaged accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo each have been charged with two counts of murder in the sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area and left 10 people dead.

Malvo is currently on trial in Chesapeake, Va.

Both trials were moved out of the Washington area on changes of venue.

Muhammad was charged in the death of Dean Harold Meyers while Malvo was charged in the death of FBI analyst Linda Franklin.

Defense attorneys in the ongoing trial against Malvo have argued he was brainwashed by Muhammad.

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Malvo and Muhammad were arrested Oct. 24, 2002, after 13 sniper attacks in three weeks.

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