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Texas father guilty of shooting down teenage daughter whose 'dating activity' upset him

Said he evaded arrest for over 12 years after killing

Yaser Said, 65, looks behind him during his first day on trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.
Yasser Said, 65, looks back on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, on the first day of his trial at the Frank Crowley Court Building in Dallas. Photo by Liesbeth Powers /The Dallas Morning News via AP

DALLAS (AP) — Over 12 Years Dallas suburban man escaped arrest Years after being charged with the 2008 shooting deaths of his two teenage daughters, he was convicted Tuesday of two murders.

Yaser Said, 65, was found guilty in the deaths of 18-year-old Amina Said and her 17-year-old Sarah Said. Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty, so Yasser Said was automatically sentenced to life imprisonment.

Prosecutor Lauren Black said Said was "obsessed with possession and control."

The sisters were found shot dead in a taxi parked near a hotel in the Dallas suburb of Irving on New Year's Day 2008. having shot her, and that she is dying.

Salah Said was shot her nine times and Amina Said was shot her two times.

A week before her murder, the girl and her mother fled her home in the Dallas suburb of Louisville and headed for Oklahoma to escape Sayid. The sister's boyfriend also attended.

Photos of Sarah and Amina Said are shown during the second day of trial for Yaser Said at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. (Shafkat Anowar/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
Pictures of Sarah and Amina Said are shown Yasser Said's trial will take place on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the Frank Crowley Court Building in Dallas for Day Two. Prosecutors said the sisters "became very scared for their lives" and decided to leave after their father "put a gun to Amina's head and threatened to kill her."

Sayid's divorced mother, Patricia Owens, testified that she persuaded Sayid to return to Texas. She testified: "I thought nothing would happen."

Said wrote in a letter to the judge that he was not satisfied with his daughters' "social activities," but that his He denied killing his daughters.

Said told jurors on Monday that he did not kill his daughter. He said he fled the taxi he was driving that night because he thought they were being pursued and someone was trying to kill him.

In an email dated December 21, 2007, Amina Said told a teacher that she and her sister were planning to flee. talked. She said she didn't want to live according to the culture of her father, who was born in Egypt, and didn't want the arranged marriage he planned, which she said had "made our lives a nightmare." she said.

"He will kill us without drama or doubt," the email read.

After the killing, Said was sought for a death warrant and placed on the FBI's most wanted list. He was finally arrested in August 2020 in Justin, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. His son, Islam Said, and his brother, Yasim Said, were subsequently convicted of helping him escape arrest.

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