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An Egyptian man on trial for the murders of his daughters in what prosecutors name an ‘honor killing’ took the stand in his personal protection Monday and claimed that he left the ladies alive in his taxi and fled as a result of he thought he was being adopted and ‘felt his life was at risk.’
Yaser Said, 64, a taxi cab driver in Texas, is accused of fatally taking pictures 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina on New Years Day in 2008. Their our bodies have been discovered at the back of his taxi exterior a Dallas-area resort.
Said denies that he killed his daughters and advised the court docket on Monday that the ladies have been ‘actually’ alive when he left them within the taxi that night and fled after he apparently turned fearful that he was being adopted.
The cab driver defined that he and his daughters have been on their strategy to dinner when he tried to flee whoever he believed was following them by leaving the ladies in his taxi and taking the bus in a unique route.
Yaser Said, 64, took the stand in his personal protection on Monday, the place he testified that he left the ladies alive in his taxi after which fled as a result of he mentioned he ‘felt his life was at risk’
The Texas father is accused of fatally taking pictures 17-year-old Sarah (left) and 18-year-old Amina (proper) on New Years Day in 2008 after he found the ladies have been courting non-Muslim males and thought they have been changing into ‘too American’
Said remembers discovering out about his daughters’ murders a short while later, however for 12 years, he evaded authorities and ended up on the FBI’s Most Wanted List earlier than he was present in 2020 in Justin, Texas, the place he had been hiding allegedly with the assistance of his son and brother.
Prosecutors allege that Said carried out the distinction killing – a follow the place people are murdered for bringing perceived disgrace on their household – after he found the ladies have been courting non-Muslim males and thought they have been changing into ‘too American.’
Said has pleaded not responsible in his daughter’s murders and on Monday, he took the stand in his personal protection the place he once more denied killing them and as an alternative testified that he believed his personal life was at risk that evening.
Said spoke in his native Arabic via a translator on the stand Monday as he defined his model of occasions on the evening of New Year’s Day in 2008.
Said’s daughters reportedly determined to go away residence earlier than graduating highschool, so their father deliberate to take them out to dinner to ‘clear up the issue,’ the court docket heard.
But Said advised the court docket that as he and his daughters have been driving in his taxi cab on the way in which to the restaurant, he ‘felt like somebody was following me.’ He added that a number of vehicles have been following the cab.
Said recalled telling his daughters that he believed one in all extra vehicles have been following them and that he would depart them within the taxi at an Irving transit middle and he would flee individually as a result of he believed he was being focused.
‘I advised them the automobile is yours, you do no matter you need since they knew how one can drive, I left the automobile for them,’ Said testified, via his translator. He added that there have been cameras on the transit facilities he believed would hold his daughters protected.
Said harassed that his daughters have been ‘actually’ alive when he left them within the taxi, and mentioned he regrets trying to flee his alleged followers.
‘This was a really silly determination that I made,’ he mentioned, as he then defined how he found his daughters had been murdered when he walked right into a Waffle home and realized that ‘one thing had occurred to anyone.
Said admitted to understanding he was wished by the FBI, however advised the court docket he didn’t flip himself in as a result of he didn’t consider h would get a good trial due to the protection of his case.
‘I do not assume within the historical past of America there was a case that had the protection that my case had,’ he mentioned.
Said’s daughters had determined to go away residence earlier than graduating highschool, so their father deliberate to take them out to dinner to ‘clear up the issue’
Said harassed that his daughters have been ‘actually’ alive when he left them within the taxi, and mentioned he regrets trying to flee his alleged followers
On Thursday, the mom of the kids advised jurors that her ex-husband was abusive and controlling throughout their marriage.
When prosecutors requested Patricia Owens to determine ex-husband in court docket on Thursday, she pointed at Said and mentioned ‘That satan there.’
During her testimony, Owens mentioned she married Said in 1987 when she was simply 15 and he was 29, giving beginning to her three youngsters throughout the first three years of their marriage.
In 1998, Owens filed a report with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office accusing Said of sexually abusing the 2 ladies.
She mentioned she fled with all three youngsters for months earlier than ultimately returning to the household’s residence close to Waco and telling the ladies to recant their tales.
Owens and her daughters fled once more in 2007, shifting to Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the ladies mentioned they feared for his or her lives in the event that they lived along with their father.
She famous that Said would allegedly look over the ladies’ telephone information and name the numbers to see in the event that they belonged to a boy or a woman.
Despite fleeing from him, Owens and the ladies returned to the Texas residence as a result of they have been afraid there can be ‘repercussions’ in the event that they did not.
Owens, who spoke softly and infrequently hesitantly on the stand, testified that Said ultimately satisfied her to return to Texas. ‘I did not assume something would occur,’ she testified.
On Monday, Said denied his ex-wife’s accusations that he was abusive and advised jurors that ‘ladies are protected greater than males in America’ and insisted that he by no means threatened to kill Owens.
‘No American lady would worry calling the police is she was abused,’ Said claimed.
Patricia Owens (pictured) known as her ex-husband, Yaser Said, ‘that satan’ throughout the homicide trial of their two teenage daughters on Thursday
Said’s abuse of his household prolonged again so far as 1998, when Owens and the ladies signed an affidavit alleging he had sexually abused his daughters
In the years following the 1998 allegations, associates of the ladies reported they typically noticed them with bruises on their our bodies or witnessed Said being bodily violent to his household.
The ladies reportedly confided in associates that their father was obsessively controlling, and that they typically feared he was surveilling them wherever they went.
In a house video recorded by Said, the ladies are filmed of their bed room whereas Said might be heard suggestively saying ‘Sarah sleeps together with her pants? Mmm, very good,’ and ‘Wow, have a look at these eyes. I bought my eye on you.’
Along with Owen’s testimony, the court docket was additionally proven the bullet-riddled garments of the victims and heard the 911 name Sarah made instantly following the taking pictures.
‘Help, my dad shot me! I’m dying,’ Sarah might be heard within the name she managed to make after she was shot. Investigators mentioned Amina was killed immediately.
Police acquired Sarah’s frantic 911 name at about 7:30pm on that New Year’s Day. Though she accused her father within the name, she appeared to lose consciousness earlier than dispatchers may decide her location or some other info.
Shortly after the decision, the cops acquired one other name from a person reporting two ladies unconscious in a automobile within the car parking zone of the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas.
There, police discovered the ladies useless inside their father’s taxi with a number of gunshot wounds every.
Said instantly turned the prime suspect, and when authorities raided the household’s residence the subsequent day he was nowhere to be discovered.
Said spent six years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives listing.
Said spent six years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives listing
Said (proper) pictured along with his son Islam, and daughters Sarah (middle, proper) and Amina (left). Islam helped harbor his father after he allegedly murdered the ladies
He was discovered hiding out in Justin, Texas – barely 30 miles from the scene of the homicide – the place he had been being harbored by his son, Islam, who, on the time of the killings, was aged 19, and brother Yassein, who was roughly 45.
Both family members have been arrested after the seize and are serving sentences in federal jail.
Owens mentioned she by no means talked with Said once more after the ladies’ deaths and divorced him in 2009. She mentioned she feared her ex-husband would flip up and kill her someday.
In 2011, whereas Said was nonetheless at massive, Owens advised The Dallas Morning News that she thought the killings may have been due to her ex-husband’s perception that the ladies have been shaming the household with their western methods.
‘He would say issues like, ‘They’re changing into too American,” she mentioned.
Said’s son, Islam (left) and his brother, Yassein (proper). They are each serving time in federal jail for harboring Said whereas he was a wished fugitive
In a letter written to the choose overseeing the case, Said mentioned he was not comfortable along with his youngsters´ ‘courting exercise’ however denied killing his daughters. Defense legal professional Joseph Patton mentioned in opening statements that the proof wouldn’t assist a conviction and that police have been too fast to concentrate on Said.
Black mentioned Sarah Said was shot 9 occasions and Amina Said was shot twice.
In a Dec. 21, 2007, e mail that was introduced into proof, Amina Said advised one in all her academics that she and her sister deliberate to run away. She wrote that she and her sister didn´t wish to dwell by the tradition of their father, who was born in Egypt, nor did they need organized marriages, as he deliberate. Her father, she wrote, had ‘made our lives a nightmare.’
‘He will, with none drama nor doubt, kill us,’ the e-mail learn.
Yaser Said, who had been sought on a capital homicide warrant for the reason that slayings, was positioned on the FBI’s most-wanted listing.
He was lastly arrested in August 2020 in Justin, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. His son, Islam Said, and his brother, Yassim Said, have been subsequently convicted of serving to him evade arrest.