New charges filed in alleged ‘honor killing’ of Iranian student, best friend’s husband

HOUSTON — Authorities say the slayings of an Iranian student and her best friend’s husband were fueled by the rage of a father who felt his daughter had dishonored him.

On Wednesday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced a capital murder charge against 57-year-old Ali Awad Mahmoud Irsan. His son, 21-year-old Nasim Ali Irsan, and his wife, Ashmou Alrawabdeh, are charged with murder, and his daughter, 30-year-old Nadia Irsan, is facing a stalking charge.

Both Coty Beavers, 28, and Gelareh Bagherzadeh, an Iranian student studying molecular genetics, were killed about 10 months apart in 2012. Authorities say they now know why.