Yaser Said, 65, was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Amina Said and 17-year-old Sarah Said.  Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty, meaning Yaser Said is automatically sentenced to life

Man found guilty of fatally shooting his 2 daughters in Texas

An Egyptian father has been convicted of murder and will now spend his life in prison after he shot and killed his two teenage daughters in 2008 in an ‘honour killing’.

Yaser Said, 65, who lived in Dallas, Texas, was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Amina Said, 18, and Sarah Said, 17 – 12 years after the girls were tragically found dead.

Prosecutors have not pursued the death penalty, meaning taxi driver Yaser Said is automatically given a life sentence for the heinous crimes.

On the stand Monday, Said denied killing his daughters and told the court that the girls were “definitely” alive when he left them in the taxi that night and fled after apparently having fear of being followed.

The taxi driver explained that he and his daughters were on their way to dinner when he tried to escape the person he thought was following them by leaving the girls in his taxi and taking the bus in a different direction.

But attorney Lauren Black told jurors the father was “obsessed with possession and control”.

The teenage sisters were found shot dead in a taxi parked in the parking lot of the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas on New Years Day in 2008.

Jurors heard Sarah Said called 911 by cellphone, telling the operator her father had shot her and she was dying.

The operator heard: “Help, my father shot me!” I die.’

Sarah Said was shot nine times and Amina Said was shot twice. Investigators said Amina was killed instantly.

A week before they were killed, the teenage girls and their mother fled their home in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville and traveled to Oklahoma to escape Said. The sisters’ boyfriends also joined them.

Yaser Said, 65, was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Amina Said and 17-year-old Sarah Said. Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty, meaning Yaser Said is automatically sentenced to life

The sisters were found shot dead in a taxi parked near a hotel in the Dallas suburb of Irving on New Year's Day in 2008. Jurors heard a 911 call Sarah Said made by cellphone, telling the operator that her father had shot her and that she was dying

The sisters were found shot dead in a taxi parked near a hotel in the Dallas suburb of Irving on New Year’s Day in 2008. Jurors heard a 911 call Sarah Said made by cellphone, telling the operator that her father had shot her and that she was dying

Yaser Abdel Said, 65, an Egyptian-born taxi driver who lived with his family just north of Dallas, Texas, allegedly shot his daughters, Sarah, 17 (center) and Amina, 18 (in right), for dying in his taxi after telling them they were going to eat at the restaurant 14 years ago.

Yaser Said, an Egyptian-born taxi driver who lived with his family just north of Dallas, Texas, allegedly shot and killed his daughters, 17-year-old Sarah (center) and 18-year-old Amina (right), in ​died in his taxi after telling them they were going to eat out on New Year’s Day 14 years ago

The prosecutor said the sisters became “very scared for their lives” and decided to leave after their father “put a gun to Amina’s head and threatened to kill her”.

Said’s divorced mother Patricia Owens testified that he convinced her to return to Texas. She testified: “I didn’t think anything would happen.”

In a letter written to the judge, Said wrote that he was unhappy with his daughters’ “love activity”, but he denied killing them.

It is widely believed that Said committed the honor killing – a practice where individuals are murdered for bringing shame to their families – after discovering that Amina had a non-Muslim boyfriend and because he thought they were becoming “too American”.

On Monday, Said insisted he had not killed his daughters. He said he fled the taxi he was driving that night because he thought they were being followed and someone wanted to kill him.

The father said he did not turn himself in to authorities because he feared he would not receive a fair trial.

The sisters were believed to have been murdered by their own father, Sarah, 17 (left) and Amina, 18 (right)

The sisters were believed to have been murdered by their own father, Sarah, 17 (left) and Amina, 18 (right)

Said (right) pictured with his son Islam and daughters Sarah (centre, right) and Amina (left).  Islam helped house her father after he allegedly murdered the girls

Said (right) pictured with his son Islam and daughters Sarah (centre, right) and Amina (left). Islam helped house her father after he allegedly murdered the girls

In an email sent on December 21, 2007, Amina Said told a teacher that she and her sister were planning to run away.

She said they didn’t want to live by the culture of their father, who was born in Egypt, nor did they want arranged marriages, as he had planned.

Her father, she said, had “made our life a nightmare”. The email added: “He will, without any drama or doubt, kill us.”

Said’s abuse of his family dates back to 1998, when Owens and the girls signed an affidavit alleging he sexually abused his daughters.

Those charges were later dropped after the girls recanted because they said they didn’t want to be forced to move.

In the years following these allegations, friends of the girls reported that they had often seen them with bruises on their bodies or that they had seen Saïd being physically abusive towards his family.

The girls reportedly confided in friends who their father obsessively controlled and who they often feared he was watching them wherever they went.

After the murders, Said was wanted on a murder warrant and was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list.

He was eventually arrested in August 2020 in Justin, about 35 miles northwest of Dallas.

His son, Islam Said, and brother, Yassim Said, were later convicted of helping him escape arrest.

Both parents are serving sentences in federal prison.

Islam Said helped house his father after he allegedly murdered the girls

Said's brother, Yassein.  He is serving his sentence for helping to harbor Said

Said’s son, Islam (left) and his brother, Yassein (right). They are both serving time in federal prison for harboring Said when he was a wanted fugitive.

Said disappeared after the bodies of his daughters were discovered and ended up on the FBI's most wanted fugitives list for years to come.

Said disappeared after the bodies of his daughters were discovered and ended up on the FBI’s most wanted fugitives list for years to come.

Said's abuse of his family dates back to 1998, when Owens and the girls signed an affidavit alleging he sexually abused his daughters.

Said’s abuse of his family dates back to 1998, when Owens and the girls signed an affidavit alleging he sexually abused his daughters.

Man found guilty of fatally shooting his 2 daughters in Texas

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