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The ex-wife of an Egyptian man on trial for the murder of their two daughters for dating American boys called him the devil as she alleged 15 years of abuse under him. 

When prosecutors asked Patricia Owens to identify ex-husband Yaser Said, 65, in court on Thursday, she pointed at the man accused of killing her two daughters, 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina, NBC 5 reported.


'That devil there,' she said as she testified about years of abuse she and her two daughters allegedly suffered at the hands of Said. 

The Egyptian-born cab driver, who lived with his family just north of Dallas, allegedly shot and killed his daughters in his taxi after telling them they were going out to eat on New Year's Day in 2008.

It is widely speculated Said committed an honor killing - a practice where individuals are murdered for bringing perceived shame on their family - after he discovered the girls had non-Muslim boyfriends and thought they were becoming 'too American.' 

Patricia Owens (pictured) called her ex-husband, Yaser Said, 'that devil' during the murder trial of their two teenage daughters on Thursday 

Said, 65, is accused of shooting to death 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina on New Years Day in 2008 in what prosecutors are calling 'honor killings' because the girls had allegedly shamed him for being 'too American' 

Sarah (left) and Amina (right) had fled from their father multiple times before their deaths

During her testimony, Owens said she married Said in 1987 when she was just 15 and he was 29, giving birth to her three children within the first three years of their marriage. 

In 1998, Owens filed a report with the Hill County Sheriff's Office accusing Said of sexually abusing the two girls. 

She said she fled with all three kids for months before eventually returning to the family's home near Waco and telling the girls to recant their stories. 

Owens and her daughters fled again in 2007, moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the girls said they feared for their lives if they lived together with their father. 

She noted that Said would allegedly look over the girls' phone records and call the numbers to see if they belonged to a boy or a girl. 

Despite fleeing from him, Owens and the girls returned to the Texas home because they were afraid there would be 'repercussions' if they didn't. 

When prosecutors asked Owens if she knew what would happen when they returned, she said: 'Part of me did. Part of me didn't.'

Pictured: Yaser Said during his trial. He refused to look at officials who detailed the girls' bullet-ridden bodies that were found inside his cab 

Owens claimed Said would go through each of the girls' phones and call their contacts to find out if they were a boy or a girl 

The heartbroken mother described Said is abusive and controlling, and said she kept going back to him because she was afraid of the 'repercussions' if she didn't 

In the years following the 1998 allegations, friends of the girls reported they often saw them with bruises on their bodies or witnessed Said being physically violent to his family.

The girls reportedly confided in friends that their father was obsessively controlling, and that they often feared he was surveilling them wherever they went.

In a home video recorded by Said, the girls are filmed in their bedroom while Said can be heard suggestively saying 'Sarah sleeps with her pants? Mmm, very nice,' and 'Wow, look at those eyes. I got my eye on you.'

Along with Owen's testimony, the court was also shown the bullet-riddled clothes of the victims and heard the 911 call Sarah made immediately following the shooting. 

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'Help, my dad shot me! I'm dying,' Sarah could be heard in the call she managed to make after she was shot. Investigators said Amina was killed instantly. 

Police received Sarah's frantic 911 call at about 7:30pm on that New Year's Day. Though she accused her father in the call, she seemed to lose consciousness before dispatchers could determine her location or any other information. 

Shortly after the call, the cops received another call from a man reporting two women unconscious in a car in the parking lot of the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas.

There, police found the girls dead inside their father's taxi with multiple gunshot wounds each.

Said immediately became the prime suspect, and when authorities raided the family's home the next day he was nowhere to be found.

Said (right) pictured with his son Islam, and daughters Sarah (center, right) and Amina (left). Islam helped harbor his father after he allegedly murdered the girls

Said spent six years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list

Said's son, Islam (left) and his brother, Yassein (right). They are both serving time in federal prison for harboring Said while he was a wanted fugitive

Said spent six years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. 

He was found hiding out in Justin, Texas - barely 30 miles from the scene of the murder - where he had been being harbored by his son, Islam, who, at the time of the killings, was aged 19, and brother Yassein, who was approximately 45. 

Both relatives were arrested after the capture and are serving sentences in federal prison. 

Owens said she never talked with Said again after the girls' deaths and divorced him in 2009. She said she feared her ex-husband would turn up and kill her one day.

In 2011, while Said was still at large, Owens told The Dallas Morning News that she thought the killings could have been because of her ex-husband's belief that the girls were shaming the family with their western ways.

'He would say things like, 'They're becoming too American,'' she said.

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Crime and Public Safety | California man says doctor wife tried to poison him with Drano, gets restraining order

A day after an Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, he filed for divorce and requested custody of their two children, records show. The man’s attorney also filed court documents claiming video evidence shows she used Drano in multiple alleged poisoning attempts.

Dr. Yue “Emily” Yu, 45, a dermatologist in Mission Viejo, was arrested by the Irvine Police Department on Aug. 4 after her husband contacted police saying he believed his wife was poisoning him and provided detectives with “video evidence supporting his suspicion,” police said in a Tuesday statement.

Dr. Yue Yu, of Irvine. (Photo courtesy Irvine Police Department) 

Yu’s husband was granted a temporary restraining order Aug. 5. It states Yu cannot contact her husband or their two children, must stay 100 yards away from them, and must move out of their home until the restraining order hearing set for Aug. 18, according to court documents.

In Yu’s husband’s petition for the temporary restraining order, he claimed he had recorded three separate instances on video where Yu took Drano from under their kitchen sink and poured it in his lemonade, which he said he drinks hot, and tea. The first video is allegedly from July 11, 2022.

He claims he first began noticing a chemical taste in his drinks beginning in March 2022 and developed symptoms that eventually led to his doctor diagnosing him with “two stomach ulcers, gastritis, and esophagitis,” the petition said.

Yu’s husband then put cameras in the kitchen that he claims shows the poisoning.

Tuesday’s police statement notes Yu was arrested after a warrant was searched at the family home.

“The victim sustained significant internal injuries, but is expected to recover,” the statement said.

A statement provided by Yu’s attorney, David Wohl, said Yu “vehemently and unequivocally denies ever attempting to poison her husband or anyone else. As a well-respected physician her goal as always been to help people and never to harm them.”

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“We are very concerned that these defamatory, false allegations have been made by (her husband) in an attempt to gain an advantage in the divorce and custody case he filed against Ms. Yu, a day after she was arrested,” Wohl said.

Wohl has requested the video tapes Yu’s husband took and said at this point,  screenshots of the videos do not “depict any wrongdoing or any crime of any sort.”

No charges against Yu had been filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as of Tuesday. The Irvine Police Department said the case was given to the DA’s office, but it was still under investigation.

Yu was released from jail Aug. 5 after posting bail, according to jail records.


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