Yesterday, Muhammad doggedly tried to ask a Secret Service agent about a report that could not be entered into evidence as prosecutors successfully blocked nearly every question. His attempts to grill a police detective who he believes tainted witnesses in the courthouse were thwarted by a barrage of objections.
Jamison was one of thousands who called tip lines and reported seeing white trucks or vans. Police later released a description of Muhammad's 1990 blue Chevrolet Caprice, which led to the arrest of Muhammad and Malvo.
Muhammad is on death row for a sniper murder in Virginia, and Malvo is serving multiple life sentences without parole for his role in several sniper shootings in that state.
Muhammad complained that the judge was unfairly siding with the prosecution.
On occasion, Ryan has walked him through the proper question to get at his point, at least once over the objection of prosecutors, who said Ryan shouldn't be helping Muhammad try his case.
In the first three weeks of the trial, jurors have heard from dozens of expert witnesses and law enforcement officers who have testified that ballistics, fingerprints and DNA link Muhammad to the shootings.
They have seen Muhammad's Caprice, which had been fitted with a gun port and contained the .223 Bushmaster rifle linked by forensics to the shootings. A laptop computer with maps marking the murder scenes and drafts of threatening letters found at the shootings were also found in the car.
Malvo, 21, explained this week the well-orchestrated system that he said he and Muhammad used to shoot with deadly precision. For 10 of the 13 of the shootings, Muhammad, hid in the trunk of the Caprice, poking the rifle out of the camouflaged gun port, Malvo testified. He has agreed to plead guilty to the same six sniper killings in Montgomery County for which Muhammad is being tried.
Legal experts said Muhammad is struggling to mount a cohesive defense in the face of a strong prosecution case.
"None of this amounts to anything," said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond, Va., criminal defense attorney who has followed the sniper cases for more than three years and is not involved in this one. "The case is over except for his ... efforts to play lawyer."