HOUSTON (AP) — A Jordanian-born man facing state charges for the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has been ordered held without bond on federal fraud charges for what authorities say was his involvement in a benefits scheme.
Ali Irsan told U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson during an initial court appearance Tuesday he had only about $800 to his name and would need an appointed attorney.
Johnson set a detention hearing for Thursday. Federal prosecutors said evidence at the hearing likely would show some connection to his state indictment for the slaying of Gelareh Bagherzadeh. The 30-year-old woman, an outspoken critic of the Tehran government, was gunned down near her parents' Houston home in 2012.
Ali's wife and daughter, arrested last week, also are charged in the benefits scheme.