A Muslim father has been convicted and sentenced for murdering his two daughters in 2008 in apparent “honor killings.”
Yaser Said, who claimed he was innocent while testifying in his defense on Monday, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a press release from the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. Said had convinced his daughters to go with him in his taxi cab on New Year’s Day 2008, where he killed 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina because they were not following his strict religious rules.
“There is nothing honorable about what Yaser Said did on January 1, 2008. Dallas County has shown Mr. Said that there is no excuse for taking another human life. He must now spend the rest of his days confined to a prison cell living under the control of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said in the statement. “While this verdict does not bring Sarah and Amina back, my office and this jury have done all that is in our power to see that justice is done.”
Official Press Release regarding Conviction and Life Sentence of Yaser Abdel Said.
Thank you to the prosecution team, the investigators, the jury, and all of those who fought to see that justice was done for Sarah and Amina. pic.twitter.com/mdLUzVLx3z
— Dallas County DA (@Dallas_DA) August 9, 2022
Amina and Sarah had been allegedly abused by the father for years, both physically and sexually, The Daily Wire previously reported. Their father also allegedly monitored their communications and spied on them when they left the house. He even spied on Sarah at her after-school job and grew angry because she was apparently smiling at customers too much.
When Amina began dating a young man who was not Muslim, Said moved his family miles away. Amina and her boyfriend, Joseph Moreno, made plans to run away together, fearing Said would kill Amina over their relationship.
Shortly after Christmas 2007, the girls fled Said with their mother, Patricia. Said managed to convince Patricia to bring the girls back. Sarah agreed to return, but Amina sought refuge at a friend’s house and refused to leave.
On January 1, 2008, Said managed to convince the girls to get into his taxi cab, saying he was going to take them out to eat. Instead, he drove them to Irving, Texas, where he shot the girls and abandoned them to die in his car. Amina died instantly due to her wounds, but Sarah held on long enough to call 911 and tell them that her father had shot her and that she was dying.
Said showed no emotion on the witness stand when he discussed what it was like learning that his daughters had been murdered, and became agitated during questioning from the prosecution, Fox 10 Phoenix reported. He claimed on the stand that someone had been following him as he drove his daughters in his taxi cab on January 1, 2008.
“I felt somebody was following me,” Said said through a translator.
When questioned, Said claimed he believed his daughters had sent someone to assassinate him.
“I stopped at Riverside Drive. I opened the door and ran across to a wooden area,” he said on the stand. “And I thought if it’s my daughters’ friend, let them solve the problem together if they have issues.”
He claimed that he left his daughters in his cab, alive.
When asked why, if he didn’t kill his daughters, he was on the run for 12 years, Said claimed there was a “secret agenda” against him.
“And all of the media was steered in a certain direction against me and that I would not get a fair trial,” he said.
Ultimately, a jury didn’t believe Said’s claims, delivering a guilty verdict after just three hours of deliberation.