Arizona Man Guilty of Daughter's 'Honor Killing'

Iraqi immigrant felt daughter had become too Westernized
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 10:54 PM CST

(Newser) – An Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his daughter because he felt she had become too Westernized has been found guilty of her murder. Faleh Almaleki ran over his daughter and her fiance's mother in a parking lot in a Phoenix suburb in 2009 and then fled the scene, leaving both women with serious injuries. His daughter died in hospital 2 weeks later. He was acquitted of first-degree murder and attempted murder charges, reports CNN.

Prosecutors said Almaleki felt his 20-year-old daughter had abandoned traditional values and, enraged by her decision to leave the family home, lay in wait for her in the parking lot. His lawyers argued that he was trying to spit on the older woman but swerved and accidentally ran them both over. Almaleki will be sentenced Wednesday and faces a maximum of 45 years. (Read more Arizona stories.)

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