A Texas man on trial for murdering his two daughters in “honor killings” as a result of they had been relationship American boys was referred to as the “satan” in court docket Thursday by the ladies’ mom, who detailed 15 years of abuse throughout their marriage.
Patricia Owens, Yaser Mentioned’s former spouse, had not seen him since New 12 months’s Day of 2008 — when he took their daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, to dinner and insisted on going alone so they might speak.
As an alternative, prosecutors say, Mentioned shot the ladies a number of instances within the cab he drove and left them for lifeless outdoors a lodge in suburban Irving.
Owens testified that she and the ladies had simply returned to their residence in Lewisville, Texas, from Oklahoma, the place they’d gone to get away from Mentioned. She testified she knew the ladies had been relationship — and that Mentioned would have turn out to be enraged if he knew about it.
“I simply thought he would, like, punish them, like take their cellphone away and stuff like that,” she stated.
However lengthy earlier than 2008, Owens testified, she and her daughters had been abused by Mentioned. She instructed the jury how she married Mentioned in 1987, when she was simply 15 and he was 29. She gave start to Amina, Sarah, and their brother Islam within the first three years of their marriage.
Owens claimed she left Mentioned a number of instances through the marriage and described him as controlling.
In 1998, whereas dwelling close to Waco, Texas, Owens filed a report with the Hill County Sheriff’s Workplace accusing Mentioned of sexually abusing the 2 ladies. She took all three youngsters and left him for months, earlier than returning and telling the ladies to recant their story.
“I felt scared not to return,” Owens defined. “Yaser was abusive.”
In late 2007, Owens and her daughters fled once more to Tulsa, Okla., after the ladies feared their father would kill them if he realized they’d each turn out to be engaged to their boyfriends. Owens stated Mentioned had beforehand threatened Amina with a gun.
The mom and daughters returned to Texas to complete their education on the promise that Mentioned would go away the household residence. Even then, Amina refused to return to the home, frightened of the repercussions.
When prosecutors requested Owens if she knew what would occur after they returned, she replied, “A part of me did. A part of me didn’t.”
Earlier this week, prosecutors performed a recording of a 911 name positioned by Sarah after she had been shot, however was nonetheless alive.
“My father shot me. I’m dying,” Sarah stated within the recording.
Mentioned, who was arrested in August 2020 after greater than a decade on the lam, has maintained his innocence and his lawyer has argued that he’s being focused by regulation enforcement for being Muslim in a post-Sept. 11 world.
He’ll serve an automated life sentence if he’s discovered responsible.