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Sniper Suspect Malvo Found Guilty

Aired December 19, 2003 - 06:06   ET

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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Guilty on all counts -- that's the verdict in the Lee Boyd Malvo sniper case. Malvo's sentencing phase begins today.
Homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve is covering that trial for us.

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JEANNE MESERVE, CNN HOMELAND SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: The jury must now decide if Lee Malvo will live or die, having found him guilty on two counts of capital murder. Malvo stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, showing no discernable emotion.

Family members in the courtroom clearly were pleased with what they heard. Some jurors appeared to be struggling with their emotions. Perhaps they're considering the difficult job they have ahead -- the sentencing phase.

In this phase, the defense is expected to put on testimony that Lee Malvo was a young man who was leading a good life until he fell in with John Mohammad, who indoctrinated him and led him into the sniper slayings. The prosecution, on the other hand, will be pressing for death. They are likely to introduce more victim impact testimony. They may try to introduce the 911 tape of Ted Franklin calling the police after his wife's murder. This jury has not heard that yet.

They also may refer back to some letters that Lee Malvo wrote to another inmate in jail. In those letters, he talks about trying to escape -- future dangerousness being one of the factors the jury must consider in this phase of the trial.

Jeanne Meserve, CNN, Chesapeake, Virginia.

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