Police Meet With Convicted D.C.-Area Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo About Arizona Shooting

Convicted Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo met Thursday with Arizona police who are investigating whether he and cohort John Allen Muhammad were involved in a fatal shooting there in March 2002, Malvo's lawyer said.

Malvo spent about two hours speaking with Tucson detectives at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Maryland about the shooting, William Brennan said.

Brennan would not discuss the substance of the meeting.

Tucson police have long sought to speak with Malvo about the March 19, 2002, death of Jerry Taylor, 60, who died from a single gunshot fired from long range as he practiced chip shots at the Tucson course. The case has never been conclusively tied to Muhammad and Malvo.

After Malvo's arrest Oct. 24, 2002, at a Maryland highway rest stop, he told authorities that he had shot a senator on a golf course in Arizona. Taylor was not a senator.

They were visiting Muhammad's older sister at the time of the Taylor killing, but police didn't have enough evidence to link them to it.

Tucson police Capt. Bill Richards declined to comment Thursday.

Taylor's family has also tried for several years to find out whether Muhammad and Malvo were the killers. Taylor's daughter, Cheryll Witz, declined to comment Thursday. She has said that she is not concerned about whether Arizona prosecutes Malvo, but simply wants Malvo to confess.

Malvo is serving a life term in Virginia for sniper shootings. He is in Maryland awaiting sentencing for six sniper killings in Montgomery County during October 2002.

Muhammad and Malvo were arrested for 10 killings and three woundings in the Washington, D.C., area during three weeks in October 2002. They were accused of roaming the area with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle that they fired from the trunk of a Chevrolet Caprice at random victims.

They are suspects in earlier shootings that year in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Washington state, and news reports have linked them to shootings in Florida, Texas and California.

Both were convicted of separate Virginia killings in 2003. Muhammad was sentenced to death while Malvo was given a life prison term.

They were sent to Maryland last year to stand trial for six killings in Montgomery County. Muhammad was convicted in May. Malvo formally pleaded guilty this month and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9.

Brennan said he planned to contact authorities in other jurisdictions where Muhammad and Malvo are accused of sniper shootings to discuss a larger plea deal that would allow Malvo to serve his life sentence in federal prison.

Virginia prosecutors oppose such a deal.