Iftekhar Murtaza Pleas for Lie Detector Test After Jury Recommends Death Penalty: Update

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ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 16, 11:45 A.M.: A jury in Santa Ana this morning recommended the death penalty for Iftekhar Murtaza, the sick fuck who wiped out a young woman and her father because he did not want the Van Nuys 29-year-old dating his other daughter.

Murtaza had hatched a plan that would have his ex-girlfriend returning to his arms after the "robbery"-murder of her sister and father, who were ultimately set on fire, and near slaying of her mother, who was beaten into a coma.

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Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy proved to the jury during the trial that Murtaza hatched the plan with a friend and a friend of that friend to kill Jaypraykash and Leela Dhanak, Anaheim Hills' Hindis who had disapproved of Muslim Murtaza having dated their daughter Shayona Dhanak, then an 18-year-old UC Irvine freshman.

The killers first severely beat 56-year-old Jaypraykash in his home on May 21, 2007. Before Jaypraykash's wife returned home for the couple's workplace in Irvine, their 20-year-old daughter Karishma Dhanak walked into an ambush that left her severely beaten as well. Leela, 54, later arrived to the same fate.

The family members were being beaten some more on the way to a van after their home was set on fire. But the killers only managed to get the father and daughter in the van, as the commotion brought out neighbors who forced the attackers to leave the mother behind. Jaypraykash and Karishma Dhanak's burned bodies were found in an Irvine park the next day.

Co-defendant Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 28, of Hollywood, was sentenced Nov. 9, 2012, to life in state prison without the possibility of parole, the same maximum penalty facing Charles Anthony Murphy, Jr., 29, of Mission Hills, whose sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

Murtaza is to receive his formal sentence from the judge on Jan. 10 in Santa Ana.

UPDATE, DEC. 16, 1:46 P.M.: Jurors deliberated about three hours before returning with the death verdict, reports Paul Anderson of City News Service.

After the verdict was read and jurors were dismissed, Murtaza blurted out, "I'll take a lie detector test."

"That was typical Murtaza," responded Leela Dhanak to Anderson. "If he doesn't get his way, he always does an outburst."

It was just as ridiculous to her as Murtaza's testimony was to prosecutor Howard Gundy: the killer claimed he was "high on Ecstasy" the night of the slayings and went to the Dhanak home to discuss the family's religious differences with Leela's husband when Charles Murphy and Landon Brown--the son of singer Bobby Brown--stormed in to launch the bloodshed. Murtaza claims he then fled and caught a cab home.

Obviously, the jury did not buy it.

"Finally, justice is served," Leela Dhanak said today.

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Moaya Scheiman
Moaya Scheiman

what strikes me... is that a main stream media outlet has editors that allow the writer to use "die asshole" and "the sick fuck" in a printed article.... not sure if that works for me... not offended, just feel like an editor should maybe think twice about style choices ...


He'll find the perfect mate where he's going. He wont have to worry about them going anywhere- til death they will part !

Fallen Angels Evnts
Fallen Angels Evnts

he'll find the perfect mate where he's going. He wont have to worry about them going anywhere- til death they will part !

JBinOC topcommenter

Am I the only one who is noticing that this Romeo turned his collar up in the mug shot?  

I'd convict him of being a sleaze based on that pic alone.  

Seriously, if that photo could talk, it would say: 

"Hey baby.  Wassup?"  


949girl, DaniGirl949, FishWithoutBicycle...discuss ladies


Apparently the only life Murtaza cherishes is his own...what a scumbag!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Sounds like dad was a pretty good judge of character.


I think his shirt has an erection.



I have heard the term "collar-popping asshat" before...but it's much too kind a term to use in this case. I would rather believe they dragged him into the police station by his collar...the way you would carry a rabid animal by the scruff of its neck.

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