Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP) – The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a Georgia man accused of slaying his daughter in a so-called honor killing.
Chaudry Rashid was accused of strangling his 25-year-old daughter because she planned to divorce her husband from an arranged marriage. A jury convicted Rashid in May 2011 on murder and assault charges and he was sentenced to life in prison. He appealed his convictions and sentence to the Georgia Supreme Court, saying the lower court committed several errors.
His lawyers argued jurors were mistakenly allowed to see the videotaped conversation, which took place in a police interrogation room and was recorded by a hidden camera.
The state argued other evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Rashid killed his daughter, and the video merely confirmed it. The state also argued that law enforcement never gave the family the impression that the conversation would be private.