Compassion for a Killer: John Allen Muhammad

John Allen Muhammad is scheduled to die tonight by lethal injection in Virginia. For an interesting, moving article on how his defense attorney’s Jon Sheldon and James G. Connell III, have come to know him,  please see the Washington post article.  The article quotes Sheldon who is also president of the board for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, as saying he thinks executions “erode” society.

“It’s not about him; it’s about us,” he said. “When we see hatred and violence, what should our response be?”

Capital punishment is a sensitive issue and deserves careful, balanced analysis keeping in mind both the suffering of the victims and the complex circumstances that caused the killer to commit the crime. Please say prayers for both John Allen Muhammad and his victims tonight.


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