Andira Abdelaziz [photo], 37, is on trial for murder of Mohammed Abdelaziz, 25, her nephew by marriage in San Antonio, Texas
A 37-year-old Palestinian-American woman is on trial in Texas for stabbing to death her much younger nephew with whom she was involved in a romantic relationship.
Andira Abdelaziz testified in a San Antonio court on Tuesday that she fatally stabbed 25-year-old Mohammed Abdelaziz in August 2016 after he allegedly threatened and abused her.
Andira, who has pleaded not guilty, said she was repeatedly belittled by Mohammed, her nephew by marriage, who also beat her in public and threatened to kill her during the course of their three-year affair, local newspaper mySanAntonio, reports.
Victim: Mohammed Abdelaziz, allegedly physically assaulted the aunt with whom he was having a three-year affair before she stabbed him to death at her home in San Antonio, Texas in Aug, 2016
Andira testified in a San Antonio court on Tuesday that she fatally stabbed Mohammed Abdelaziz in August 2016 after he allegedly threatened and abused her.
Andira Abdelaziz [seen in her mug shot, photo right], testified that she and her nephew were carrying on a three-year affair
If she wasn’t sleeping on the couch – which meant she was in bed with her husband, who also happened to be his uncle, Mohammed told her: ‘Your life is over. Your kids are over. You’re dead.’
Andira testified that she was physically intimidated by her nephew, who was 6ft 5in and weighed 213 pounds.
On the morning of the fatal stabbing, Mohammed came to her home and rang the doorbell constantly, Andira and her son both testified in court on Friday.
Andira told the court that he was pounding on the windows – all in full view of her children.
Mohammed then came inside the house and beat his aunt, striking her in the face, stomach, and back with balled fists.
Andira testified that she did not call 911 because she wanted to calm him down.
She also said she was afraid that exposing the affair would have a negative impact on her children while also putting her in danger of falling victim to an ‘honor killing.’
So-called honor killings are acts of revenge taken by male members of a family against female members of the family who have brought shame upon the family.
Wael Abdelaziz testifies during the trial
Police arrive at the crime scene filled with grieving Abdelaziz family members in August 2016
Andira Abdelaziz, who has pled not guilty, said that she was repeatedly belittled by her nephew, who also beat her in public and threatened to kill her during the course of their three-year affair.
Eventually, police were called to the home where they were told a burglary was taking place. But Andira told officers that it was a misunderstanding and police did not detain her nephew. After the cops left, Andira allegedly stabbed her nephew-lover once in the back with a kitchen knife.
He bled to death in the driveway of her home.
If convicted, she faces life in prison.