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Crime History: Parents sentenced to death for 'honor' killing

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

On this day, Dec. 20, in 1991, a Missouri court sentenced Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife, Maria, to death for the "honor" killing of their daughter.

The FBI planted listening devices in the family's St. Louis apartment hoping to hear evidence of terrorist activities. Instead, what the agents heard were the screams of 16-year-old Tina Isa being stabbed to death as her father yelled in Arabic, "Die quickly!"

The parents were unhappy that they could not control Tina, who had taken a part-time job without their permission and was dating a black teenager.

Zein Isa died of diabetes in prison in 1997. His wife's death sentence was commuted to life in prison.

-- Scott McCabe

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