D.C. sniper Malvo says there were conspirators, more kills
WASHINGTON — Convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, in a telephone interview with actor William Shatner, now says he and John Allen Muhammad shot 42 people during their rampage in 2002, a claim that those who investigated the case say is ridiculous.
Malvo’s latest account of the attacks — which began in February 2002 in Tacoma, Wash., and ended with 13 shootings, 10 of them fatal, in the Washington metro area in October 2002 — was scheduled to air Thursday night on the cable channel A&E. The show was to launch a new series, “Aftermath With William Shatner,” in which the former “Star Trek” star and Priceline.com spokesman revisits high-profile cases.
“He’s changed his story at least five or six different times,” said Lt. Bruce Guth the homicide detective in suburban Fairfax County, Va., who headed the task force that helped convict Malvo of capital murder in 2003.
Guth said that when Fairfax detectives first interrogated Malvo, then 17, after his arrest in October 2002, Malvo took credit for most of the D.C. area shootings. “Then, when his attorneys and psychiatrists got to him, Muhammad was doing the shootings,” Guth said.
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is now 25 and is jailed in Virginia for capital murder. show told him that Malvo had admitted for the first time to a shooting along Route 1 in Northern Virginia. Fairfax and Alexandria police scoured their files for any unsolved shootings along the highway before Malvo’s arrest and couldn’t find one, Guth said.
In conversations with Shatner and forensic psychiatrist Neil Blumberg, Malvo, now 25, also said he and Muhammad had other conspirators, an assertion not made before. But no one else took part in any of the sniper attacks, and conspirators were shot and killed by Malvo or shot and killed by Muhammad after backing out, according to the accounts Malvo offered Shatner and Blumberg.
Raymond Morrogh, the Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney, said there is no evidence of other conspirators. “It’s always been Malvo and Muhammad, that’s it,” said Morrogh, who prosecuted the case with his predecessor, Robert Horan. “There wasn’t anyone else involved.”
Morrogh said Malvo’s interview was “a ploy to get attention, and it’s a shame that people give him the attention. He harmed a lot of people, and he should be sitting in silence, contemplating the crimes he committed and not being interviewed by Captain Kirk.”
Paul Ebert, the Prince William County (Va.) commonwealth’s attorney who prosecuted Muhammad, said, “I don’t think there’s much credence to his claim of 40something murders.” He noted the nationwide scope of the investigation, by local and federal authorities, and said: “Any unsolved shooting was looked at. Maybe a couple slipped through the cracks but not many.”
Malvo is serving a life sentence without parole at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, Va. Police connected Malvo and Muhammad to 22 shootings across the country, 15 of them fatal. Muhammad was executed in Virginia in November.
Malvo said he has forgiven Muhammad, who at trial he accused of turning him into a “monster.”
“I’ve had to forgive him in the same way in which I’ve had to, over time, gradually forgive myself,” he said. “Every day I get up, somebody’s wife, child, husband is not going to come home tonight. There is nothing that I can say or ever do that will ever change that fact.”
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