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Death row killer sniper ate red sauce and strawberry cakes for his last meal

The sniper behind the deadly 2002 shootings in Washington DC requested red sauce and strawberry cakes for his last meal.

John Allen Muhammad was executed at 9:11 pm local time on November 10, 2009, by lethal injection for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers, one of 10 people killed during the attacks.

All of his appeals against the punishment were thrown out by the US Supreme Court.

His lawyer said he became "a martyr for everything that's wrong with the death penalty" because even in his final days he showed no remorse for his crimes.

Muhammad's accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, is serving six consecutive life sentences behind bars.

His lawyer said he had eaten chicken in red sauce, followed by strawberry cakes, for his final meal, according to the BBC.

Witness described sniper's final moments, saying: "Mr Muhammad was asked if he wished to make the last statement. He did not acknowledge us or make any statement whatsoever."

He added that Traylor added, been motionless, with his head slightly tilted to the right as the drug was injected.

Muhammad's legal team says the ex-soldier suffered from Gulf War Syndrome.

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The condition is a chronic and multi-symptomatic disorder affecting returning military veterans of the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War.

Ex-soldiers who suffer from it experience several acute symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, insomnia, rashes and diarrhoea.

Lawyer Jonathan Sheldon revealed to the court that Muhammad had revealed malformations linked to schizophrenia.

Sheldon told the BBC's World Today: "A psychiatrist examined him and said he's paranoid and psychotic and delusional and gave many examples."

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The pair were suspected of murders in Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona.

The daughter of one of the Arizona victims, Cheryll Witz was one of several who went to watch Muhammad's execution.

Teen accomplice Malvo had allegedly shot her father Jerry Taylor on an Arizona golf course in March 2002.

She said: "He basically watched my dad breathe his last breath. Why shouldn't I watch his last breath?"

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