Avtar Grewal, the native of India who came to town in March 2007, went to the Ahwatukee home of his estranged wife Navneet Kaur, and beat her to death, finally may have his day in a county courtroom.
The equivalent of India's Supreme Court paved the way a few days ago for Grewal's long-awaited extradition to the U.S. to face first-degree murder charges in the four-year-old case.
We wrote extensively on the tragic and frustrating case in a story entitled "Snake on a Plane," available for linkage right here.
Talk about the wheels of justice moving slowly!
The 30-year-old victim was a project manager for a Scottsdale firm.
The story described how Phoenix police found the battered body of Ms. Kaur face-down in a bathtub at her home near the intersection of 40th Street and Pecos, in Ahwatukee.
On a couch in the family room was a note written and signed by Mr. Grewal: "I killed this selfish bitch who tortured me for two years. Made my life hell. Now I will kill myself."
He got one part right--the part about killing his wife.
Grewal fled to Sky Harbor International Airport, where he hopped on a one-way flight back East on the first leg of a Continental Airlines trip back to New Delhi, where his family is prominent.
The Phoenix cops failed to convince Continental officials to turn the plane around and land back in the New York City area, where Grewal could be arrested.
Grewal was taken into custody after his plane landed in New Delhi, and has been incarcerated ever since.
He has fought extradition tooth and nail, with his attorneys alleging that a written confession to the murder had been "obtained forcibly" by the victim's father, a retired cop.
The defense also claimed that Grewal was on cordial terms with his wife and had no motive to kill her.
Here's a little blurb from a Canadian web site (Grewal lived in British Columbia) about the allegedly pending extradition.