Sec­ond man in feud awaits trial on firearms charges

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - SHAAMINI YOGARETNAM

There were two men in­volved in the feud that claimed Christina Voelz­ing ’s life in 2016.

Behnam Yaali has pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter and is await­ing sen­tenc­ing. But the man Yaali’s de­fence ar­gues was the in­tended vic­tim of the shoot­ing was also charged in con­nec­tion to the shoot­ing.

At the time of her death, Voelz­ing was dat­ing Has­san Khalid, now 32.

Yaali’s de­fence lawyer, Neil We­in­stein, ar­gued Mon­day at his client’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing that it was Khalid who was the in­sti­ga­tor and ag­gres­sor in the events that cul­mi­nated with Voelz­ing’s death — re­peat­edly urg­ing Yaali to come con­front him and mak­ing crude sex­ual re­marks about Voelz­ing. Yaali fired his gun seven times into the door­way of Voelz­ing ’s Bells Cor­ners home af­ter see­ing Khalid armed with a Colt 45.

Khalid, who is also known as “Miller,” was charged with six firearms of­fences on the day of the shoot­ing, in­clud­ing pos­sess­ing a loaded re­stricted firearm with­out a li­cence, pos­sess­ing a gun ob­tained through crime and pos­sess­ing a dan­ger­ous weapon.

That weapon was found by po­lice to have been the same weapon used in an un­re­lated shoot­ing 10 days ear­lier, We­in­stein said, where shots were fired in a park­ing lot. No one was in­jured in that shoot­ing.

Yaali’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing heard text mes­sages from Voelz­ing’s room­mate to the man who killed her, urg­ing him to not be­lieve any texts be­ing sent from Christina’s phone were com­ing from her.

“Lis­ten, Miller is forc­ing her to say that,” read one. “He’s psy­cho.”

Khalid had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of firearms of­fences in 2008 and 2010.

He’s not sched­uled to ap­pear in court again un­til Septem­ber.

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