A Texas woman on trial for allegedly murdering her nephew with a kitchen knife had a long-running affair with the young man that turned violent and abusive in the months before his death, her defense attorney said.
Andira Abdelaziz, now 37, whose trial began last week, acted in self-defense when she knifed 25-year-old Mohammed Abdelaziz in her San Antonio home in 2016, said her attorney Michael McCrum.
“Words don’t even capture the horror” of what the defendant endured prior to the stabbing, McCrum told Oxygen.com.
Abdelaziz, who is charged with murder, faces life in prison if convicted.
“She was suffering bruising and massive beatings to all parts of her body,” McCrum said. “Text messages from him show a character of domination. He just wanted to dominate her.”
In a series of texts leading up to the incident, the nephew repeatedly threatened Andira Abdelaziz, calling her a “daughter of a whore,” ordering her to sleep on the couch rather than with her husband, and promising to peep through the window to make she sure was doing so, she told jurors on Tuesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“Your life is over. Your kids are over. You’re dead,” the nephew wrote, she told jurors.
Andira Abdelaziz secretly dated Mohammed Abdelaziz, her nephew by marriage, for about a year and a half, which began as a “tender relationship” before the younger Abdelaziz went to law school for three years, McCrum said.
When Mohammed Abdelaziz got back to San Antonio, he was a different man, frequently abusing Adderall, OxyContin, and alcohol, and lashing out at his aunt, McCrum said.
Over the next year or so, and intensifying in the last eight months of his life, Mohammed Abdelaziz regularly tormented her, beating her and sending abusive, threatening texts, McCrum told Oxygen.com.
On Aug. 9, 2011, police responded to Andira Abdelaziz's home about a burglary call, but when they arrived, she told officers the matter was resolved, according to a report at the time in the San Antonio Express-News.
A short time afterwards, she allegedly stabbed her nephew in the back with a kitchen knife, the Express-News reported. Mortally wounded, Mohammed Abdelaziz dashed outside, hopped in his car, and tried to drive off, but crashed before he made it out of the driveway. He died on the scene, the paper reported.
A neighbor who tried to resuscitate him told the Express-News that Andira Abdelaziz yelled “he beat me, he beat me,” as cops led her away.
The day of the stabbing, Mohammed Abdelaziz had sent “nasty, threatening texts” to his aunt threatening to expose the affair, prosecutor Clayton Hayden told the jury during opening statements, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Hayden acknowledged that Mohammed Abdelaziz had inflicted a black eye on Andira Abdelaziz and bruised her the day before — but Hayden said he did not beat her the day of the stabbing.
Family members, who spoke with the Express-News in the aftermath of Mohammed Abdelaziz’s death, painted a very different portrait of him, the paper reported at the time. In an interview two days after his death, Mohammed Abdelaziz’s relatives described him as a fun-loving young man who loved his native Palestine and yearned to be a human rights lawyer, get married, and have children.
“He just wanted to be happy. He wanted to have kids one day. He wanted to be a dad; he was a good uncle,” an uncle said at the time, according to the Express-News.
[Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office]