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A man accused of killing his teenage daughter and niece in December was indicted on two capital murder charges, local media reported.
Abdool Zaman, 39, was indicted by a grand jury in Henrico, Va., on “two counts of capital murder,” WTVR reported. The media outlet reported that Zaman also faced with charges on the “use of a firearm in the commission of a misdemeanor first and second offense.” He was previously charged with second-degree murder.
From left to right: Abdool Zaman, Vanessa Zaman and Leona Samlall.
Zaman was accused of shooting his daughter Vanessa, 18, and his cousin Leona Samlall, 18, while the pair were walking near an apartment complex in Highland Springs, Va., on Dec. 13.
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Vanessa Zaman had left her mother house on Long Island, new york, to live with her father in Florida. Her mother, Saveeta Barnes, told the media outlet in December that Abdool Zaman and Samlall, his cousin, had a child together. He and Samlall live in Orlando as Vanessa Zaman moved, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Vanessa Zaman was reportedly concerned about Samlall the safety and left Florida to live with Samlall’s mother and stepfather in Virginia. Abdool Zaman allegedly followed the two teens to the apartment complex.
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After the incident, Abdool Zaman, fled to Queens, new york, where he was captured on Dec. 18, WTVR reported. He fought his extradition to Virginia, but was transported to the state on March 28, after losing a challenge in court.
Barnes told Newsday in January she hoped Zaman “will get the death penalty.”
“It is what he deserves,” she said.