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Jurors Reach Penalty Decision In OC Killings

Jurors Reach Penalty Decision In OC Killings

An Orange County jury has reached a verdict on whether to recommend death or life in prison for a man who killed his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and slashed her mother's throat.

The Orange County Register says a Superior Court jury reached the verdict on Thursday but the judge postponed its reading until next Monday.

Iftekhar Murtaza of Los Angeles was convicted last month of murder and other crimes.

Authorities say Murtaza killed the relatives of Shayona Dhanak in 2007 after she blamed her decision to break up on her Hindu family's objection to Dhanak dating a Muslim.

Prosecutors said Murtaza attacked Dhanak's mother, who survived, torched the family's home in the Anaheim Hills, and killed Dhanak's father and sister, whose burned bodies were found in a park.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/12/5996417/jurors-reach-penalty-decision.html#storylink=cpy
 

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