HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder for the shooting deaths of his three children in 2010 when he was locked in a custody dispute with the children's mother.
Mohammad Goher, 50, admitted his guilt in exchange for a sentence of life without parole. Court records show Goher admitted to shooting 14-year-old Saeedah, 12-year-old Saeed and 7-year-old Aisha while they slept at his apartment in September 2010.
The Houston Chronicle cites investigators in reporting (http://bit.ly/1a7KLO1 ) that Goher and his wife, Norma Martinez, were divorcing and waging a custody battle when he killed the children.
After shooting them, he turned the gun on himself but survived a gunshot wound to the head.
Martinez filed for divorce in February 2010 and has said she suffered years of abuse. She and the children had lived in a shelter following the divorce filing.
Martinez argued in the days following the deaths that authorities required her to adhere to a court-ordered visitation schedule even though she documented the abuse.
Goher was convicted in 2006 of assault of a family member and placed on deferred adjudication. Court records indicated Goher was intoxicated and beat his wife with his hands and fists, leaving her bruised and injuring her right hand.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com