An Irvine man was sentenced Wednesday to life without the possibility of parole for murdering his wife and mother-in-law and leaving their bodies in a bathtub filled with ice.
A jury found Bahram Nazeri, 51, found guilty on Feb. 25, of two felony counts of murder with special circumstances.
On Aug. 20, 2006, Nazeri stabbed his wife, Nooshin Mirabadi, 20 times because he believed she was having an affair. Nazeri stabbed his mother-in-law, Parvane Ghararyankordestan, 26 times.
He then placed both bodies in a bathtub in his Irvine home.
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He told his daughters, ages 6 and 8, that their mother was away on business and not to open the bathroom door.
"Over the next couple of days, Nazeri continually filled the bathtub with ice to suppress the smell of the dead bodies," according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
"On Aug. 22, 2006, Nazeri's brother went to the house and noticed the foul odor and that Nazeri was behaving oddly. When his brother asked about the odor, Nazeri said that he had murdered his wife. Nazeri later claimed to be kidding, but his brother went to the Irvine Police Department that day, fearing that Nazeri was telling the truth and may kill himself or his daughters," according to the OCDA.
When officers arrived at the Irvine home, Nazeri cut his own wrists and ran into the back yard to flee police. When confronted, he told officers he had a gun and threatened to kill them.
Nazeri's two daughters were placed in protective custody.