A man who killed two people as part of an “honor killing” has received the death penalty in a Texas courtroom.
Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan is an immigrant from Jordan, and late last month, he was found guilty of the murders of his son-in-law and his daughter’s friend, because they converted his daughter to Christianity.
During the trial, held in Houston, Irsan’s wife testified that he killed Coty Beavers, his son-in-law, in 2012 because he was a Christian who married and converted his daughter.
His daughter’s friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, was killed earlier that year by Nasim Isran, Ali’s son. He is awaiting trial on that murder.
The wife testified that Ali killed the pair to clear his honor. His daughter had previously run away from home, converted to Christianity, and married Coty Beavers, which enraged the father.
Jurors in Houston deliberated for just 35 minutes – after five weeks of testimony – before reaching the verdict , and the sentencing phase of the trial took another two weeks.
Prosecutors say the 60-year-old conservative Muslim became enraged after his daughter, Nesreen Irsan, married Beavers, a 28-year-old Christian, and converted to Christianity.
Investigators said Bagherzadeh had encouraged Nesreen Irsan to marry Beavers.
Irsan’s wife, Shmou Alrawabdeh, testified at trial that her husband tried to ‘clean his honor’ with the killings.
Police said Irsan, his wife and their son, Nasim, followed Bagherzadeh to her parents’ home in January 2012, and that Nasim Isran shot her in her car.
Nasim Irsan is awaiting trial on a capital murder charge in the two killings.
Two weeks ago, KPRC in Houston reported on the sentencing phase of the trail, after Irsan was found guilty.
The murder of Beavers was meticulously planned out.
Eleven months later, Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan slipped into Beavers’ unlocked apartment near Houston, waited for his daughter to leave for work, then shot his son-in-law, according to Alrawabdeh, who testified as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Irsan portrayed himself as a devoted father who became upset after his daughter ran away from home.
At trial, Irsan told jurors that he wasn’t involved in the deaths.
The daughter, Nesreen Irsan, testified that she had to obtain a protective order to prevent her family from harassing her after she moved out.
She also testified that her father forbade her from dating Christians.
Alrawabdeh told jurors that her husband had also planned to kill his daughter.
Irsan, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sentenced to federal prison in 2015 for scamming the Social Security Administration.
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