HOUSTON A former Lee High School student faces charges in connection with the murder of a classmate s mother.
Tabassum Khan, 43, was stabbed nearly 50 times at her home on Beverly Hill on Nov. 25.
Investigators say the victim s son, 18-year-old Danish Moazzam Minhas, hired another Lee classmate to kill her because she was too strict.
Minhas and the alleged killer, 18-year-old Nur J. Mohamed, have been charged with capital murder.
The investigation later led police to Kevin Andrew Haney, 17, who confessed to his role in destroying evidence, according to police. They say Haney also told investigators he had direct knowledge of the murder plot and stabbing and was the person to whom the victim s son, Minhas, handed money.
Haney is in jail on an unrelated aggravated robbery charge.
Lee High School confirms he was a senior there until early December when he stopped showing up for class.
Minhas and Mohamed have also confessed, accordingto police.
Danish felt he was a man and he did not like the restrictions his mother had placed on him, said homicide Sgt. Brian Harris.
Harris called the victim a strict Muslim mother who followed her faith...no different from any other parent regardless of what faith or background they are, who set out rules for their children to follow.
In an exclusive 11 News jailhouse interview last week, Minhas gave a confession of a different sort.
That was the confession I gave to the homicide detectives, but it does not mean that that is correct, Minhas said. The confession that I gave to them was at that time my necessity. My attorney advised me not to speak about it.
Minhas said he used to mentor Mohamed. He said they were not friends, just fellow classmates. Minhas blamed his mother s murder on Mohamed and said he had nothing to do with the killing.
I actually have a lot of words for him, but they re not coming to me right now, he said.
Minhas told 11 News he loved his mother. He said he was the first person to discover her body and is now going through the grieving process.
She was the perfect mom, he said. She raised me and my sister as being a single parent. She has been both a mother and a father to us. She went beyond her duties of being a mother to take care of me.
Minhas said he hasn t slept since he was arrested on Tuesday.
I really don t know what s going to happen to me. Every day is a new experience here in the county jail, he said. To my family, I know it s hard, but I m working on getting all your questions answered and soon the image you guys have of me will be restored.
Minhas described himself as a good student who is involved in many extracurricular activities. When he graduates he said he d like to become a police officer.
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