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California man kills his former girlfriend’s father and sister because they did not allow Hindu-Muslim wedding

By Mason White 10:00 AM November 24, 2013
Iftekhar Murtaza 

By: Sarah Weiss
A man is facing the death penalty after he killed his former girlfriend’s father and sister because they did not allow him to marry his girlfriend, according to court proceedings in California.

The Southern California man was convicted on Friday, for killing and burning the family of his former girlfriend after the teenager left him for religious reasons.

Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, stabbed, beat and slashed his former girlfriend’s father and sister to death, cut the throat of his girlfriend’s mother, and burned down the Orange County family home in May 2007.

Murtaza was upset after being dumped by Shayona Dhanak, then 18-years-old, two months before brutally murdering her family because her parents threatened to stop paying college tuition if she did not let him go.

Murtaza was convicted of two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy.

Sentencing phase of the trial begins next month, and prosecutors will seek the death penalty.