D.C. sniper Malvo says there were con­spir­a­tors, more kills

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION - By Tom Jack­man

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.

Guth said pro­duc­ers of the

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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