Moussaoui Found Eligible for Death Penalty
A federal jury found Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui eligible for the death penalty yesterday and will now decide whether he should die for his role in the deadliest terrorist strike in U.S. history.
After 17 hours of deliberation over four days, the jury concluded that Moussaoui's lies to federal agents in August 2001 allowed the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to go forward. The verdict in U.S. District Court in Alexandria sends Moussaoui's death penalty trial to a second phase, in which prosecutors will argue that he should be executed while defense attorneys try to spare his life.
Outside the courthouse, Rosemary Dillard, whose husband died on the plane that hit the Pentagon, said Zacarias Moussaoui deserves to die.