Monday, April 14, 2003
Washington sniper's lawyers going for the old diminished responsibility story.
Lawyers for a defendant in the Washington area sniper attacks have told a judge that their client might have been exposed to nerve gas or other chemical agents while serving in the 1991 Gulf War.
In a hearing in Prince William County Circuit Court, lawyers for John Allen Muhammad, 42, said the chemicals might have affected Muhammad's mental health.
But where does that leave the other half of the shooting party?
On Friday, defence lawyers for John Lee Malvo, the teenager charged with Muhammad in the attacks in which 10 people were killed, filed a motion challenging his interrogation by police in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The motion cited Malvo's right to counsel and right not to incriminate himself.
Prosecutors said Malvo, who has turned 18 since he and Muhammad were arrested on October 24, agreed to answer questions during a six-hour interrogation in Fairfax. Prosecutors have said that Malvo admitted during that interview that he fired the rifle in many of the October sniper shootings.
Are they going to try and claim he was gassed in the Gulf War as well?