Key dates in the Pearl case:

Jan. 23: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, 38, disappears after leaving to meet a contact in Karachi while researching Pakistani militants.

Jan. 27: The Wall Street Journal and other media receive an e-mail from a group calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. The e-mail contains a photo of Pearl with a gun to his head and demands the release from U.S. custody of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters and Afghanistan's former ambassador to Pa.

Jan. 30: Pearl's alleged captors send second e-mail to newspapers, again demanding the release of the prisoners and warning that Pearl will be killed within 24 hours. The deadline is later extended to 48 hours.

Jan. 31: Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States will not negotiate.

Feb. 6: Pakistani police identify Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, an Islamic militant with a history of kidnapping foreigners, as a prime suspect in Pearl's kidnapping.

Feb. 11: Police arrest Salman Saqib, Fahad Naseem and Shaikh Adil in Karachi in connection to sending Pearl e-mails to newspapers.

Feb. 12: Police announce Saeed's arrest. Saeed claims later he surrendered to authorities on Feb. 5.

Feb. 14: During a hearing in an anti-terrorism court, Saeed confesses to the kidnapping and says Pearl is already dead. Pakistan rejects Saeed's claim because it was not made under oath.

Feb. 21: The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan receives a videotape showing Pearl's death. President Bush decries killing, saying such crimes "only deepen the resolve of the United States" to fight terrorism.

March 14: A federal grand jury in Trenton, N.J., indicts Saeed on charges of kidnapping Pearl. The Justice Department also discloses a 2001 Washington grand jury indictment of Saeed for the 1994 kidnapping of an American tourist in India, who was released unharmed.

April 5: Trial postponed after defense lawyers seek the removal of the judge because he presided over the earlier hearing during which Saeed confessed.

April 22: The trial starts before a new judge, Abdul Ghafoor Memon. Saeed and his three co-accused plead innocent to charges of murder, kidnapping and terrorism.

April 30: The provincial High Court orders the trial moved from Karachi to Hyderabad after prosecutors claim their lives were threatened. It restarts before another judge, Ali Ashraf Shah, in a courtroom inside the city's prison.

May 17: The remains of a body believed to be Pearl's are recovered in Karachi from a shallow grave near a shed where police believe he was held before being killed. DNA results are pending.

June 20: Prosecutors complete their case after calling 23 witnesses, including FBI agents who assisted in the investigation. Fourteen others originally listed, including Pearl's widow, are dropped.

June 21: In a statement to the court, Saeed claims the entire case was a "tissue of lies" and accuses authorities of holding him secretly for a week before his arrest was announced so evidence could be faked.

July 1: Saeed's father, one of two defense witnesses, testifies that Saeed surrendered to authorities on Feb. 5, a week before authorities announced his arrest.

July 5: In his final summation, defense lawyer Abdul Waheed Katpar says the evidence is contradictory, inconsistent and smacks of police tampering. Huge doubts in the case remained, he says, and "the benefit of the doubt should to go the accused."

July 9: In final summations on behalf of Saeed's three alleged accomplices, Rai Bashir argues that prosecutors had failed to show a connection between his clients and the Pearl e-mails and claims the case was fabricated to appease America.

July 10: Judge Shah adjourns the trial to consider his verdict.

July 15: Shah convicts all four defendants, sentences Saeed to death and the three others to 25 years in prison.