The October trial of sniper suspect John Muhammad may prompt officials in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Manassas, Va., to speed construction of a road behind the Prince William County courthouse, the Washington Post reports.
Officials expect a small army of 200 media outlets, plus spectators, witnesses and others to descend on the city. The other suspect in last fall’s sniper shootings, Lee Boyd Malvo, is being prosecuted in another county, Fairfax.
A decade ago, Manassas played host to the case of Lorena Bobbitt, who was charged with the malicious wounding of her then-husband, John. “The Bobbitt trial was more a novelty trial. This is a high-security trial, and we’ll have to do a lot more,” said Prince William Sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen III (D).
County and city officials hope state or federal governments will help defray the costs of the trial. They are exploring, among other options, the possibility of federal homeland security grant funds.