A Muslim immigrant has been sentenced to death by a court in Texas for killing his Christian son-in-law and another woman after his daughter converted to Christianity.
The sentencing of Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, a Muslim immigrant from Jordan, was held on Tuesday.
Irsan reportedly became enraged in 2012 after his Muslim daughter decided to convert to Christianity and marry Coty Beavers, who became his son-in-law.
He was found guilty in July of not only fatally shooting Beavers, but also Gelareh Bagherzadeh, his daughter’s best friend whom he believed had encouraged her to convert to Christianity.
Prosecutors argued that the man became “enraged” at his daughter’s conversion, though he attempted to portray himself as a devoted father who was upset that his daughter ran away from home. Irsan also insisted that he was not involved in the deaths.
Shmou Alrawabdeh, Irsan’s wife, testified that her husband carried out the killings in an attempt to “clean his honor” for his daughter’s conversion.
She detailed how Irsan made his way inside Beavers’ unlocked apartment near Houston where he waited for his daughter to leave for work and then shot his son-in-law to death.
Bagherzadeh was killed in January 2012 as she was driving in her car toward her parents’ home.
Alrawabdeh claimed that her husband had also been planning to kill their daughter, Nesreen Irsan.
The lengthy seven-week trial included details about rapes, drugging, beatings and a previous homicide, The Houston Chronicle reports.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov