"I want to know what the last minutes of my brother's life were like," she said.
An closer encounter came about an hour after the Martin killing.
Detective Sean Thielke said that he had left the grocery lot and went to Wheaton Plaza. There, seeing the car with New Jersey tags and tinted windows, which are illegal in Maryland, he, too, ran a check. It came up clean.
Muhammad was also spotted about 10 that night by security guard Portia Burch at White Flint mall; he was talking to a shopper who pointed in the direction of the dealership. Burch said she was struck by Muhammad being barefoot, but that she was reassured by his charm.
Lee Boyd Malvo, whom Muhammad refers to as his son, is serving life in prison for two fatal Virginia sniper shootings and may testify against Muhammad.
Muhammad has renewed his request to dismiss the racially mixed seven-woman, five-man jury, saying the jury pool knew about his highly publicized case. He has also asked to eliminate two prosecution witnesses and prevent prosecutors from showing the Caprice to the jury.
In the courtroom, members of the victims' families supported one another with hugs and pats on the hand.
"It's a horrible bond we share," said Oladell Martin. "But it's a bond."
Martin, who traveled from St. Louis to attend the trial, said that she came to represent other relatives and will stay for much of the trial.
"I would like to see it all over with," Martin said. "I want to be able to feel like Jim can rest in peace."
• Deputy State's Attorney Katherine Winfree introduced the first witnesses yesterday in the case against John Allen Muhammad, charged in six Montgomery County sniper shootings in 2002.
• The fatal shooting Oct. 2, 2002, of the first sniper victim, James D. Martin, was described in detail, with witnesses saying they heard a gunshot and saw Martin collapse on a parking lot.
• Muhammad got a cool reception as he cross-examined witnesses, including one who said he showed his cross to the convicted sniper and quietly added, "You're going to meet your maker."