January 29th, 2012
02:11 AM ET

Deliberations continue in Canada 'honor' murder trial

A jury in Kingston, Ontario, resumes its deliberations Sunday in the "honor" murder trial of three members of a Montreal family who are accused of killing four relatives.

Mohammed Shafia, 58; his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42; and their son, Hamed, 21, are charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Shafia's three teenage daughters and his first wife in his polygamous marriage.

The family members were all recent immigrants to Canada from Afghanistan. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Sunday will be the second day of deliberations for the seven women and five men on the jury.

The three Shafia sisters - Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 - were found dead inside a car that plunged into the Rideau Canal in Kingston on June 30, 2009. Shafia's first wife, 50-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad, also died.

Prosecutors allege the girls' father, mother and brother all plotted to kill the four women in an "honor" murder. Investigators claim that hours of wiretapped conversations reveal a premeditated plan to punish rebellious, Westernized daughters and their permissive advocate, Rona.

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  1. Portland tony

    Why does CNN pander to sensationalism when reporting crimes concerning foreign nationals? There is nothing "honorable" about murder! And if the crime was premeditated, they sure picked a pretty nebulous way of carrying it out. But, then again, it worked.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Ah, but you forgot one thing: They're MIDDLE EAST foreign nationals.
      Therin lies the crux of the report.

      January 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tcr c2

    @portland tony........ What did they get away with? They were caught were they not? But i understand your point if view. These people should be deported, pronto!!!!! Canada can handle putting them through a trial ,and a big slap in the face , with maybe a death sentence at most, but more than likely a life sentence, and they still get away with murder. What a scarey bible they have

    January 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    Thank you for the link, Chris.

    Good verdict.
    A just verdict.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rooney©

    @leeintulsa: Lol! Don't hold your breath.

    January 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm ♔♕

    Hear! Hear! God saved the Queen!

    January 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    They are innocent

    January 30, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    I wasn't on this weekend. I didn't realize until now that CNN covered this story.

    California and Florida, have a close look. This is how you are SUPPOSED to do it. Sheer weight of circ u mstancial evidence CAN lead you to a guilty verdict. There was no RESONABLE doubt in this case. Was there a videotape, or a couple dozen eyewitnesses, who can say 100% that this happened? No. But there was enough evidence. If OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony killed people in Kingston, they would have been found guilty.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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