Before adjourning for the day, jurors asked Judge LeRoy Millette what would happen if they failed to reach a unanimous decision on a possible death sentence for Muhammad.
“We have spent six weeks on this trial and I would simply urge you to continue to deliberate,” Millette said. He also warned jurors not to do any outside legal research into the death penalty, as one juror had suggested.
This jury found Muhammad guilty Nov. 17 of two capital murder counts, conspiracy and a weapons charge in the death of Dean Meyers, a Maryland man who was gunned down at a gas station outside Manassas, in Washington’s Virginia suburbs.
The murder counts include one of multiple murder, involving Meyers’ death and one other killing within a three-year period, and one of murder committed as an act of terrorism, a provision of a Virginia anti-terrorism law enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 hijack attacks.
The only possible penalties for the 42-year-old Gulf War veteran are execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole.