Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Iraqi immigrant convicted of 2nd degree murder for killing daughter

'The father of a 20-year-old woman from Iraq, run over because she allegedly had become "too Westernized," was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder.

The Maricopa County (Arizona) Superior Court jury convicted Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, in the 2009 death of Noor Faleh Almaleki.

It also found him guilty of aggravated assault, for causing serious injuries to Amal Edan Khalaf, the mother of Noor's fiance, and two counts of leaving the scene.

Almaleki, an Iraqi immigrant, was acquitted of more serious first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder charges.

He could receive up to 22 years in prison on the murder charge alone. Sentencing testimony begins Wednesday.

...Defense lawyers said Almaleki was trying to spit on Khalaf, but swerved and ended up running down both women, KTVK reported.'

I wonder why he was not convicted of first-degree murder. The schmuck deserves life in prison, if not death.

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