Sniper defendant Lee Boyd Malvo told jailers that he intended to shoot a pregnant woman at a Baltimore cemetery and a Baltimore police officer, correctional officers testified yesterday, the Baltimore Sun reports. Malvo confessed to other shootings, telling the officers that he shot a student to upset Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose because “when a man is upset he can’t think straight,” and claimed it “worked” because Moose cried on television.
The officers’ remarks came during a hearing requested by Malvo’s lawyers, who are asking a judge to block those and other statements from his capital murder trial, set to begin Nov. 10 in Chesapeake, Va. The defense contends that the correctional officers are akin to police and should not have been questioning Malvo after he invoked his right to say nothing without his lawyers present. Prosecutors disagree, saying the officers are not police and that Malvo willingly started the conversation.
Malvo told one officer that he was going to shoot the pregnant woman in Baltimore, but stopped when a police helicopter flew overhead. The Jamaican-born teen-ager said he took aim at the head of a Baltimore police officer questioning John Allen Muhammad, his co-defendant, after Muhammad had parked their car outside a sandwich shop.