'Honor killing' trial involving father and daughter goes to jury

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PHOENIX (AP) - The murder trial of an Iraqi immigrant accused of fatally running down his daughter with an SUV in 2009 is now in the hands of an Arizona jury.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury is scheduled to begin deliberations Tuesday after getting the case Monday.

Prosecutors accuse 50-year-old Faleh Almaleki of intentionally targeting his daughter because she had brought the family dishonor by becoming too Westernized.

Defense attorneys argue that Almaleki ran over his 20-year-old daughter, Noor, and injured her 41-year-old friend by accident. The victims were run over in October 2009 in a Peoria parking lot. The older woman survived.

Almaleki chose not to testify in his trial. He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

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