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Texas Muslim Killed Christian to Restore Honor

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The wife of a Muslim man on trial for murder testified in court that her husband killed his son-in-law out of a sense of obligation to Islam.

In other words: It was an honor killing.

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, left, sits in court with his defense attorney Rudy Duarte, right, in Houston.

Shmou Albrawabdeh said in court that her husband, Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, snuck into his son-in-law’s Texas apartment in 2012 and fatally shot him because of his Christian beliefs.

NBC 5 has more:

The wife of a Jordanian-born man on trial for capital murder says her husband sneaked into their son-in-law’s Texas apartment before fatally shooting him in 2012.

The Houston Chronicle reports that 40-year-old Shmou Alrawabdeh testified Wednesday as part of a plea bargain to reduce her charges in the slaying of Coty Beavers. Her husband is also accused of killing Iranian women’s rights activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who encouraged their daughter to marry Beavers.

Alrawabdeh told the jury her husband, Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, slipped into Beavers’ unlocked apartment near Houston and shot him after their daughter left for work.

She says her husband, a conservative Muslim, believed the only way to recover his honor was to kill the Christian man his daughter ran away to marry.

Irsan’s lawyers deny the allegations.

Irsan could face the death penalty if convicted.

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