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Gunman faces execution after appeal fails.

Summary: A sniper who terrorised America during a three-week killing spree in 2002 is due to be executed.

A sniper who terrorised America during a three-week killing spree in 2002 is due to be executed after an 11th-hour bid to block his death failed.

The US Supreme Court refused to stand in the way of John Allen Muhammad's planned execution by lethal injection inside a Virginia prison.

Muhammad, 48, and his teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo were behind a series of attacks seven years ago that left ten dead in and around the Washington DC area.

A clemency petition has been put in front of Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine claiming that Muhammad is mentally ill and should not be given the lethal injection. However, the governor refused to commute his sentence to life imprisonment.

Muhammad's reign of terror lasted from October 2 to October 24 in 2002. During that time he and Malvo, then 17, taunted police as they shot people at random from their car.

In all some 16 people were hit by the snipers' bullets across Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Ten people were killed as a result.

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