Virginia father risked the death penalty for shooting his daughter, 18, and the teenage niece he got pregnant
- Authorities say that Abdool Zaman, 39, his daughter, Vanessa Zaman, and niece, Leona Samlall, both murdered for 18 years when they tried to escape from his house at the end of last year.
- Vanessa reportedly came to live with her estranged father in 2018 when she became a legal adult, against the wishes of her mother, Saveeta Barnes
- Barnes said her daughter later realized that Abdool abused his girlfriend, Leona, before she realized that Leona was also his cousin
- Leona was reportedly missing for two years from her mother's house
- Vanessa tried to bring Leona back to Leona & # 39; s mother on December 13 when Abdool drove and took both teens to Highland Springs, Virginia
- Abdool recently had his second-degree murder charges upgraded to capital murder
Authorities say Abdole Zaman, 39, killed his daughter and niece when they tried to flee his home in Virginia on December 13
A Virginia father who, according to police, shot his daughter and niece has been accused of murder.
Abdol Zaman, 39, was initially accused of second-degree murder for murdering his daughter, Vanessa Zaman, and his cousin Leona Samlall, both 18. Zaman had impregnated Samlall, who gave birth to the man's son.
Investigators say Abdool opened fire on the teenage girls while walking around 12.17pm on December 13 near Oakmeade Apartments in Highland Springs.
Vanessa & # 39; s mother, Saveeta Barnes, said her daughter wanted to re-establish a relationship with her estranged father, even thought she had warned that he & # 39; not a good person & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; Her biological father was most of her life in her life. Vanessa always wanted his love and wanted him to be a part of her life, & Barnes wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to pay for a memorial place for her daughter.
Vanessa reportedly came to live with her estranged father in 2018 when she became a legal adult, against the will of her mother
Leona Samlall (photo) had been missing at home for two years. She gave birth to her uncle's son at that time
& # 39; When she turned 18, she came in contact with her father. Even after she had told her countless times that he was not a good person, she still went on living with him … "Apparently she has given him her whole life. & # 39;
Not long after her move, Vanessa saw her father abusing the woman she thought was his girlfriend and his son's mother. Vanessa later discovered that the abused woman, Leona, was basically Abdool's niece who had been missing in her own mother's house for two years.
That's when Abdool's daughter tried to help his niece escape to her mother's house, but she never made it.
& # 39; On 12/12/18 [Abdool] killed and killed his own daughter, & Barnes wrote. & # 39; Vanessa died a hero who protected others while paying with her beloved life. Away but never forgotten. & # 39;
Saveeta Barnes (left) said she was trying to warn her daughter Vanessa that her father was not a good person, but Vanessa hired him when she turned 18
Abdool fled to New York where he was arrested on December 18. He tried to fight extradition, but was sent back to Virginia on March 28, WTVR said.
Prosecutors have recently raised the seriousness of the allegations against Abdool after further investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of the teenagers.
The authorities were determined to demand the death penalty because Abdool would have killed several people as part of the same crime.
A second assassination attempt was added for killing more than one person within a three-year period.
Zaman was also accused of using a firearm in committing a crime first and second offense.
Barnes told Newsday in January that life without her daughter & # 39; torture & # 39; and hopes that her child's father will be sentenced to death.
& # 39; It is what he deserves, & # 39; she said.