Jurors recommend death in California killings case

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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:25 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California jury has recommended a death sentence for a man convicted of the murders of his ex-girlfriend's father and sister in a fiery 2007 attack on the family's home.

Orange County jurors on Monday recommended the sentence for 29-year-old Iftekhar Murtaza.

Prosecutors say Murtaza wanted to kill ex-girlfriend Shayona Dhanak's family to try to win her back after she ended their two-year relationship citing her Hindu family's opposition to her dating a Muslim.

Murtaza testified that he did not kill the family members but fled after two other men attacked Dhanaks' home for money in 2007.

That night, the house was set on fire. The charred, stabbed bodies of Dhanak's father and sister were found the next day in a park.


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