"Honor Killing" Jury Still Deliberating Faleh Almaleki's Fate: UPDATE

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Maricopa County jurors went home yesterday without reaching a verdict in the "honor killing" case of Glendale man Faleh Almaleki, who stands accused of killing his daughter Noor and seriously injuring a former family friend.
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Waiting game continues for Faleh Almaleki
​The 12-person panel deliberated about four hours yesterday after Judge Roland Steinle turned the highly watched case over to them.

Defense attorneys for Almaleki did not argue during the trial that he is innocent of criminal wrongdoing in the bizarre October 2009 hit-and-run incident in a Peoria parking lot.

Instead, those attorneys pleaded with jurors to render a verdict of manslaughter rather than first or second-degree murder on the most serious of the charges, the killing of Almaleki's oldest child, with whom he was estranged.

The 50-year-old onetime truck driver also is facing numerous other major felonies, including the attempted murder of Amal Khalaf (Noor's friend, and a former friend of the Almaleki family) and fleeing the scene after he gunned down the pair with his Jeep Cherokee.

Stay tuned.

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Did deliberations take up all of 2/16/10 and still going 2/17/10?

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