Man accused in 2 deaths focus of new investigation

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jordanian-born man accused of slaying two people is now the focus of a separate investigation re-evaluating a 1999 shooting death.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says it's revisiting the death of Amjad Alidam. His father-in-law, Ali Irsan, claimed he shot Alidam in self-defense and a grand jury chose not to issue an indictment.

But the 57-year-old Irsan has since been charged in the 2012 killing of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, an Iranian student and activist. A federal prosecutor said during a May 29 court hearing that Irsan also is suspected of shooting another son-in-law 11 months after Bagherzadeh's death. Irsan has not been charged in that killing.

Irsan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is in federal custody on separate charges for his alleged involvement in a welfare and Social Security benefits scheme.

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