DC Sniper's Ex-Wife, Children Cope with his Execution

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 10:51am

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the former wives of the D.C. sniper says her family sat in complete silence as they watched news of John Allen Muhammad's execution.

Mildred Muhammad told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that she and her three teenage children stayed at their Prince George's County, Md., home as he was put to death in Virginia on Tuesday.

Muhammad says it was "very difficult" to see her children grieve. She maintains she was the target of her abusive ex-husband's 2002 killings.

The 49-year-old anti-domestic violence advocate says the children asked to see their father but he did not meet with them. She says they plan to retrieve letters he left for the children. Muhammad expects closure will come when the family attends his funeral in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday.