Hearing in honor killing delayed, father on suicide watch

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- An Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his daughter because she had become too Westernized was scheduled to appear in a Phoenix court Thursday, but a judge delayed the hearing.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, but police say those will be upgraded considering his daughter's death. Almaleki reportedly is now on suicide watch.

Police say Almaleki ran down his daughter and her boyfriend's mother Oct. 20 with his Jeep. Noor Faleh Almaleki underwent spinal surgery and was in a coma until she died Monday.

The other woman, Amal Khalaf, is expected to survive.

Almaleki fled after the attack but was arrested last week when he arrived at Atlanta's airport, where he was sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.

Family members of the father and daughter have declined to comment.

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