"It is a moot point because the Supreme Court ruled you can't execute someone who committed the crime when they were a minor and Malvo was 17 at the time. It would have been more frustrating if Malvo was given death and then it was overturned. I think life without parole is justice under the circumstances," he said.
Muhammad has, in his last days, continued to profess his innocence, making delusional, conspiratorial claims "that, frankly, just don't make any sense," said Muhammad's lawyerJonathan Sheldon.
"You would get yourself ready to meet your maker. You'd pray," Sheldon said of a person of sound mind facing execution. "That's just not happening in this case, and that's an illustration of his mental illness."
According to an official at the Virginia Department of Corrections, condemned inmates are allowed to meet with family or clergy on the day of their scheduled executions. Inmates can choose a last meal – or combination of dishes -- off the prison's menu. Wearing denim jeans and a unique short sleeve shirt – issued only to the condemned to make inserting the IV easier -- the inmate is escorted to the death chamber. A gallery of witnesses will watch the execution.
Once inside the chamber, the condemned is given a cocktail of injections that numb his pain, stop his breathing and ultimately stop his heart.
Officials would not say which of the victims' family members planned to watch the execution.
Though LaRuffa does not wish to see Muhammad die, Charles Moore, the father of victim Linda Franklin wishes he could.
Moore, from Gainesville, Fla., is 80 years old, suffers from Parkinson's disease and says he is unable to travel to the execution.
"I think to have someone sit in jail for seven years before being executed – after he confessed to what he did – is a waste of time," said Moore.
Franklin, then a 47-year-old FBI analyst, was killed in a Home Depot parking lot in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 14, 2009.
"I wish I could see that son of a bitch killed for what he did," said Moore. "That would be justice."