Key Points About Sniper Trials

Key facts about Virginia sniper-attack trials of John Allen Muhammad (search) and Lee Boyd Malvo (search):

-- Jury in Virginia Beach, Va., recommended Monday that Muhammad be executed for masterminding deadly sniper attacks in Washington area.

-- Formal sentencing Feb. 12. Judge could reduce punishment to life without parole, but that is rare. Virginia Supreme Court would automatically review death sentence.

-- Since death penalty reinstated in the United States 1976, Virginia has executed 89, second only to Texas' 310. Average stay on Virginia's death row: five years, half the national average.

-- Muhammad convicted in slaying of Dean Harold Meyers (search), shot while pumping gas. Defense plans to appeal.

-- Prosecutors presented evidence he was involved in 16 shootings, including 10 deaths, in Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

-- Trial resumed Monday in Chesapeake for Malvo, who told police he was triggerman in all shootings.

-- Malvo charged in killing of FBI analyst Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot. Lawyers plan insanity defense.