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Man accused in Iranian's death depicted as violent
Prosecutor says man charged in slaying of Iranian activist in US had hand in other death
By JUAN A. LOZANO
Associated Press
2014-05-30 03:42 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- U.S. federal prosecutors say a Jordanian-born man facing murder charges in the 2012 death of an Iranian activist also played a role in his own son-in-law's death nearly a year later.

Prosecutor Jim McAlister said at a court hearing Thursday that Ali Irsan tracked down his son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and "killed him."

McAlister said Beavers and Irsan's daughter had a restraining order against him, but Irsan violated it and tracked down the couple. No charges have been filed in Beavers' death.

Irsan has been charged by Harris County prosecutors with the murder of the activist, 30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh. He's also charged for what authorities say was his involvement in a welfare and Social Security benefits scheme.

A judge ordered Irsan held without bond on fraud charges Thursday.

Irsan's attorney declined to comment.

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