A man from Texas on trial for murdering his two daughters in an “honour killing” because they were going forward the girls’ mother called american boys the “devil” in court on thursday, detailing 15 years of abuse during their marriage.
Yaser Said’s ex-wife Patricia Owens has not seen him since New Year’s Day 2008 – when he took their daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, to dinner and insisted they go alone so they could they speak.
Instead, prosecutors say, Said shot the girls multiple times in the cab he drove and left them dead outside a hotel in suburban Irving.
Owens testified that she and the girls had just returned to their home in Lewisville, Texas, from Oklahoma, where they had gone to escape from Said. She testified that she knew the girls were dating – and that Said would be furious if he knew about it.
“I thought he would, like, punish them, like take their phones away and stuff like that,” she said.
But long before 2008, Owens testified, Said abused her and her daughters. She told the jury how she married Said in 1987, when she was only 15 and he was 29. Amina, Sarah, and her brother Islam were born in the first three years of their marriage.
Owens claimed she left Said several times during the marriage and described him as controlling.
In 1998, while living near Waco, Texas, Owens filed a report with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office accusing Said of sexually abusing the two girls. She took the three children and left him for months, before returning and telling the girls to recount their story.
“I felt scared not to go back,” Owens explained. “Yaser was abusive.”
In late 2007, Owens and her daughters fled again to Tulsa, Okla., after the girls worried their father would kill them if he found out they were both engaged to their boyfriend. Owens said Said had previously threatened Amina with a gun.
The mother and daughters returned to Texas to finish their schooling on the promise that Said would leave the family home. Even then, Amina refused to go back to the house, fearing the consequences.
When prosecutors asked Owens if she knew what would happen when they returned, she replied, “Part of me did. There was no part of me.”
Earlier this week, prosecutors recorded a 911 call Sarah made after she was shot, but was still alive.
“My father hand me. I’m dying,” Sarah said in the recording.
Said, who was arrested in August 2020 after more than a decade on the lam, has maintained his innocence and his lawyer has claimed that he is being targeted by law enforcement for being a Muslim in former Media Autumn. 11 worlds.
He faces an automatic life sentence if found guilty.