Plot fig­ure ac­cused of stalk­ing

Mem­bers of woman’s fam­ily ac­cused of hav­ing dif­fer­ent roles in the killings of 2

Houston Chronicle - - CITY STATE - By Brian Rogers

Na­dia Ir­san, jeal­ous of her sis­ter’s mar­riage, helped her fa­ther stalk the cou­ple for more than a year by re­search­ing them on­line, fil­ing false po­lice re­ports and putting a GPS tracker on her sis­ter’s car, pros­e­cu­tors said in court Tues­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors said she had been re­jected by her sis­ter’s broth­erin-law, fu­el­ing her ha­tred and lead­ing to threats.

“I can­not wait un­til my dad puts a bul­let be­tween your eyes,” Ir­san re­port­edly told her brother-in-law, Coty Beavers, a few months be­fore he was gunned down in his Har­ris County apart­ment. Tues­day’s rev­e­la­tion was an­other al­leged ad­mis­sion that pros­e­cu­tors have re­lied on to build a case against Na­dia Ir­san and her fa­ther, Ali Mah­wood-Awad Ir­san.

He is charged with cap­i­tal mur­der, ac­cused in the shoot­ing deaths in 2012 of Beavers and, months ear­lier, of Ge­lareh Bagherzadeh, the best friend of Nes­reen Ir­san.

The pa­tri­arch’s wife and adult

Pros­e­cu­tors say that Na­dia Ir­san put a GPS track­ing de­vice on her sis­ter’s car and shared the data it gen­er­ated with her fa­ther.

son are charged with mur­der, ac­cused of help­ing the 57-year-old fa­tally shoot Bagherzadeh, 30, as she drove to her par­ent’s Gal­le­ria-area home.

The wide-rang­ing al­le­ga­tions boil down to an elab­o­rate plot by Ali Ir­san, a strict dis­ci­plinar­ian and ob­ser­vant Mus­lim, and other fam­ily mem­bers to kill his daugh­ter’s hus­band and her best friend, Bagherzadeh, a Chris­tian con­vert who was seen as en­cour­ag­ing his daugh­ter.

As­sis­tant Har­ris County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tammy Thomas said in court that in­ves­ti­ga­tors also be­lieve Ir­san was also plot­ting to kill Nes­reen Ir­san, the daugh­ter at the cen­ter of the labyrinthine web.

In an ear­lier hear­ing, Thomas said Ir­san threat­ened that daugh­ter, even scar­ing her away from at­tend­ing her col­lege grad­u­a­tion.

“He said, ‘I killed that b----, and you’re next. No one in­sults my honor as a Mus­lim and gets away with it,’” Thomas told state Dis­trict Judge Jan Krocker.

Thomas said Ir­san vi­o­lated a protective or­der by call­ing his daugh­ter dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion and ask­ing where she was, then say­ing he had planned a dif­fer­ent kind of “an­niver­sary” for the day.

In Fed­eral cus­tody

Like her fa­ther and mother, she re­mains in fed­eral cus­tody, wait­ing to be sen­tenced this sum­mer in an un­re­lated case.

Af­ter that, she will be held in the Har­ris County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail to an­swer al­le­ga­tions that she stalked her sis­ter while car­ry­ing a gun.

Krocker ap­pointed two at­tor­neys from the Har­ris County Public De­fender’s Of­fice, Eric Davis and Jackie Car­pen­ter, to de­fend the 30-year-old.

Both lawyers said they are con­cerned that re­li­gious and cul­tural dif­fer­ences may af­fect the per­cep­tion of the case.

“Pros­e­cu­tors see what they want to see,” Davis said.

“We have such a scare about Is­lam in this coun­try and that’s a con­cern.”

He said the fact that charges have been brought “means noth­ing.”

Car­pen­ter said she be­lieves a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion will show that Na­dia Ir­san is not guilty.

The fam­ily drama be­gan in an iso­lated home in Mont­gomery County where the two sis­ters and their 10 sib­lings were mostly home schooled, pros­e­cu­tors said.

In 2011, Na­dia and Nes­reen were tak­ing classes at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas M.D. An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter, and both shed their hi­jabs and be­gan to date out­side of their faith.

They also both lied to their fa­ther about what they were do­ing and their where­abouts, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Na­dia was en­am­ored with Cory Beavers, who de­clined her ad­vances while Nes­reen and Coty Beavers de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship that would see them elope.

Cory Beavers dated Bagherzadeh who be­came close friends with Nes­reen.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Na­dia did not like her sis­ter’s boyfriend.

She is ac­cused of caus­ing a wreck on U.S. 59 by phys­i­cally fight­ing with her sis­ter as the duo drove to Beavers’ home.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Na­dia tried to take the keys out of the mov­ing car and may have grabbed the steer­ing wheel as they ap­proached the off-ramp, caus­ing a crash.

Af­ter that, the fam­ily held Nes­reen against her will in their home for sev­eral days, pros­e­cu­tors said.

She es­caped through a win­dow, tak­ing only the clothes on her back and eloped with Beavers.

Her sis­ter later filed a false po­lice re­port, telling of­fi­cials at M.D. An­der­son that Nes­reen stole a chem­i­cal from a lab to poi­son their fa­ther.

Af­ter the re­port was found to be false, Na­dia and her fa­ther were pro­hib­ited from be­ing on the grounds at M.D. An­der­son and their pho­tos were cir­cu­lated, Thomas said.

Car tracked

Dur­ing a lengthy ex­pla­na­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion Tues­day, pros­e­cu­tors told the judge that Na­dia Ir­san put a GPS track­ing de­vice on her sis­ter’s car and shared the data it gen­er­ated with her fa­ther.

Na­dia and her fa­ther also had GPS nav­i­ga­tional de­vices in their cars that were an­a­lyzed by the FBI to find that they had been mak­ing trips, al­most daily, to track Nes­reen or just drive by her apart­ment in the mid­dle of the night.

The last trip Na­dia made to the apart­ment was an early morn­ing trip on the day Coty Beavers was fa­tally shot in his home in Novem­ber 2012, pros­e­cu­tors said.

If con­victed, Na­dia Ir­san faces a max­i­mum of 10 years in pri­son for the third-de­gree felony.

Pros­e­cu­tors also noted that the law of par­ties may al­low the state to ex­pand the charges if she is ac­cused of help­ing her fa­ther com­mit cap­i­tal mur­der.

Na­dia Ir­san’s mother and brother are charged with mur­der, ac­cused of help­ing Ali Ir­san shoot Bagherzadeh in Jan­uary 2012.

Mayra Bel­trán / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

Na­dia Ir­san is ac­cused of stalk­ing her sis­ter, whose hus­band and best friend were killed al­legedly by their fa­ther.

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