Texas man on trial for the murder of his two daughters in “honor killings” because they dated American boys were called the “devil”. in girls court on thursday mother, who detail 15 years of violence during their marriage.
Patricia Owens, Yaser Said former wife hasn’t seen him since New Year’s of 2008 – when he took their daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, for dinner and insisted on go alone so they can talk.
Instead of, prosecutors Say, Said shot the girls a few times times in the taxi he drove, and left them for dead outside hotel in suburban Irving.
Owens revealed that she and the girls just returned to his home in Lewisville, Texas, from Oklahoma, where they went to get away from Sayid. She stated that she knew the girls were dating and that Sayid would be furious if he knew about it.
“I just thought he would, like to punish them, like pick up phone etc. like this,” she said.
But well before 2008, Owens testified, she and her daughters were abused by Said. She told the jury how she married Said in 1987 when she was just 15, and he is 29. She gave birth to Amina, Sarah and their brother Islam in in first three years of their marriage.
Owens claimed that she left said a few times during the marriage and described him as controlling.
In 1998, while living near Waco, Texas, Owens applied. with Hill County Sheriff’s Office charges Sayid of raped two girls. She is took all three children as well as left his for months before returning and telling the girls to renounce their story.
“I was afraid not to go back”, Owens explained. “Yasser was abusive.”
In late 2007, Owens and her daughters ran away. again in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the girls were afraid of their father would kill them if he knew they were both engaged to their boyfriends. Owens said Said had previously threatened Amina with a gun.
mother and daughters returned to Texas to finish their schooling on a promise that said will leave family home. Even then Amina refused to go back to houseterrible of effects.
When prosecutors asked Owens if she knew what would happen when they returned, she replied: “Part of I did. Part of I’m gone.”
Earlier this week, prosecutors played the record of 911 call placed by Sarah after she was shot, but was still alive.
“My father Hit me. I dyingSarah said. in record.
Said, who was arrested in August 2020 after more than a decade on Lam maintained his innocence, and his lawyer claimed that he was being pursued by law enforcement. for be a Muslim in a post-Sept. eleven world.
He will serve an automatic life sentence if he found guilty.