Accused shooter’s daughter says scene staged to look like self-defense

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by Scott Noll / KHOU 11 News I-Team

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 11:35 PM

HOUSTON – There are new allegations against against the Montgomery County man linked to two 2012 shootings.

56-year-old Ali Irsan is charged with the 2012 murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a well-known Iranian-American medical student, and friend of Irsan’s daughter.

Investigators also named Irsan a suspect in the death of his son-in-law Coty Beavers months later.

But now, as Irsan sits in jail accused of social security benefits fraud, he may be facing even bigger problems, after explosive allegations from his own daughter.

As the KHOU 11 News I-Team first told you, Montgomery County investigators have re-opened the 1999 shooting of another of Irsan’s son-in-laws.

According to his death certificate, Amjad Alidam was shot and killed by Irsan inside Irsan’s home. That case was ruled self-defense.

But Irsan’s daughter, Nesreen, recently told police that shooting was staged.

According to a search warrant obtained by the KHOU 11 News I-Team, Nesreen Irsan told investigators that her father lured Alidam to the family’s home under false pretenses and then shot Alidam with a shotgun.

Nesreen Irsan said her father then fired a pistol into the wall and placed the gun near Alidam’s body, “to make it appear that he threatened and fired at Irsan first.”

Alidam’s best friend says he’s always suspected the shooting was set up by Irsan.

“I never seen him carry (a) gun”, said Mustafa Salih, a friend of the deceased.

KHOU contacted Ali Irsan’s attorney for comment.

Mark Diaz told us that he doesn’t have enough information about these newly-revealed allegations to speak about them.

Diaz says he does expect a federal grand jury to indict his client next week for fraud. 

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