US: Texas jury convicts immigrant in 'honor killings' case

Irsan's trial lasted five weeks, but jurors deliberated for just 35 minutes Thursday before convicting him in the deaths of Coty Beavers and Gelareh Bagherzadeh.

Published: 27th July 2018 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2018 06:51 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

HOUSTON: A Jordanian immigrant could face the death penalty after a Texas jury convicted him of two slayings described by prosecutors as "honour killings."

Prosecutors say Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was enraged when his daughter left home and converted to Christianity, so he orchestrated the killings of his son-in-law and his daughter's friend who had encouraged the marriage.

Irsan's trial lasted five weeks, but jurors deliberated for just 35 minutes Thursday before convicting him in the deaths of Coty Beavers and Gelareh Bagherzadeh. Sentencing will begin Friday and Irsan faces life in prison or the death penalty.

Irsan denied any involvement in the deaths but said his daughter caused his family pain after marrying Beavers, who was Christian. Bagherzadeh was an Iranian women's rights activist who was Irsan's daughter's close friend.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp