A man tried in Texas in 2008 for the murder of 2 girls

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DALLAS — A man who evaded arrest for more than 12 years after being accused of fatally shooting his two teenage daughters in a taxi parked near a Dallas-area hotel was on trial this week.

Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in the capital murder trial of 65-year-old Yaser Said. Said, who is accused of killing 18-year-old Amina Said and 17-year-old Sarah Said on New Year’s Day 2008, faces an automatic life sentence if convicted. Testimony was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

The sisters were shot multiple times in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Sarah Said managed to call 911 using a cell phone, telling the operator that her father had shot her and that she was dying.

Yaser Said, wanted on a capital murder warrant since the killings, has been placed on the FBI’s most wanted list. Said, who had worked as a taxi driver, was eventually arrested in August 2020 in Justin, about 58 kilometers northwest of Dallas.

His son, Islam Said, and his brother, Yassim Said, have since been found guilty of helping him escape arrest.

In a letter to the judge handling the case, Yaser Said denied killing his daughters.

According to a police report, a family member told investigators that Saeed had threatened one of his daughters with “bodily harm” for dating a non-Muslim. Police documents also show that before the teenagers were killed, their mother fled with them to Oklahoma because they feared Said.

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