DALLAS, TEXAS (CBSDFW.com) – Yaser Stated, 65, was discovered responsible of capital homicide within the slayings of his two daughters Sarah, 17, and Amina, 18.
A Dallas County jury reached the decision after round three hours of deliberation Tuesday.
On Monday, Stated took the stand in his personal protection and denied killing the teenagers, who have been each college students at Lewisville Excessive Faculty.
“Positively not, I didn’t kill my daughters,” mentioned Stated, whose testimony in Arabic was translated to English.
Stated testified that as he was driving to dinner together with his daughters on the night they have been killed, he thought somebody was following the taxi. He mentioned he didn’t know who it is perhaps however assumed it is perhaps buddies of his daughters. He testified that he was fearful somebody would hurt him, so he left his daughters within the taxi and bumped into close by woods.
“I didn’t count on anybody would hurt them,” Stated testified.
Amina Stated’s boyfriend has testified that the night she and her sister have been killed, he and his father noticed them driving within the taxi with their father.
The sisters have been discovered useless in Stated’s taxicab on New Yr’s Day 2008. Sarah Stated was shot 9 instances and Amina Stated was shot twice. Jurors heard a 911 name Sarah Stated made by cellphone, telling the operator that her father shot her.
“Assist,” Sarah was heard saying on the 911 name. “I am dying. Oh my God. Cease it.”
In a letter written to the choose overseeing the case, Stated admitted he was not pleased together with his children’ “courting exercise” however once more, denied killing his daughters.
“I used to be upset as a result of in my tradition it is one thing to get upset about,” mentioned Stated, who testified that he was born in Egypt, got here to the U.S. in 1983 and later turned a U.S. citizen.
Gail Gattrell, the sisters’ great-aunt, has known as the deaths an “honor killing,” during which a girl is murdered by a relative to guard her household’s honor.
Prosecutor Lauren Black mentioned throughout opening statements that the sisters have been “very scared for his or her lives,” and the choice to go away was made after Stated “put a gun to Amina’s head and threatened to kill her.” Black advised jurors that Stated was “obsessive about possession and management.”
Stated’s former spouse, Patricia Owens, has testified that Stated finally had satisfied her to return to Texas from Oklahoma.
Protection legal professional Joseph Patton mentioned in opening statements that the proof wouldn’t help a conviction and that police have been too fast to deal with Stated. He additionally mentioned that in moments of maximum trauma, like being shot a number of instances, individuals can have hallucinations.
Stated now faces a life sentence in jail with out parole.