UPDATE: Bahram Nazeri Sentenced To Life Without Parole
MAN GETS LIFE FOR KILLING WIFE, HER MOM, PUTTING BODIES ON ICE
by LARRY WELBORN
The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA, CA – An Irvine man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole today for stabbing his wife and mother-in-law to death in August 2006 and leaving their bodies in an ice-filled bathtub.
Bahram Nazeri, 51, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury last month of two felony counts of murder plus the special circumstance of committing multiple murders, which qualified him for a no-parole sentence.
He sat emotionless at a counsel table as Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey handed down the maximum sentence.
Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner argued that Nazeri murdered his wife, Nooshin Mirabadi, 29, and mother-in-law, Parvane Ghararyankordestan, 58, on Aug. 20, 2006 because he believed that his wife was having an affair.
Witnesses testified that he put the bodies in a bathtub and covered them with ice to suppress the smell of the decomposition while he continued living in the home with his two young daughters.
After placing the two bodies in a downstairs bathroom, Nazeri told his daughters, ages 8 and 6, that their mother had gone on a business trip and told them not to go into the downstairs bathroom, authorities said.
But eventually his brother noticed a foul odor coming from the bathroom during a visit and quizzed Nazeri about the whereabouts of the two women, Wagner said. The brother then went to the Irvine Police Department, fearing that Nazeri was contemplating suicide.
Nazeri was arrested after a brief standoff in which he claimed to have a gun. Irvine officers subdued him with rubber bullets and discovered the women’s bodies in the bathtub.
He attacked his wife and his mother-in-law with an ornamental knife that had blades coming out of both ends because he learned by tapping their phone that she had had an affair during a visit to her former home in Iran, Wagner contended. The couple had an arranged marriage.
Mirabadi was stabbed 20 times; Ghararyankordestan 26 times.
Nazeri and Mirabadi’s two daughters have been adopted, Wagner said.
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