From the outside, successful businessman Ali Khan and his new wife, Nancy Khan, appeared to be the perfect couple. With Ali managing multiple car dealerships and bringing in enough money to support them both, the two enjoyed living in their large Texas home and gallivanting off to Europe for lavish vacations.
When Nancy announced she would be giving birth to their first child, it seemed they were happy to be starting a family of their own. Their romantic bliss, however, was short-lived, and it ultimately ended in Ali’s murder.
Who wanted Ali dead, and what secrets did the investigation ultimately uncover?
Ali Khan was born in 1980, the oldest of three children, and grew up in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin. His friends remember him for his generous spirit, sense of humor and ability to make friends wherever he went.
Both his parents were doctors, who prized education and encouraged him to follow them into the medical field, He found his true calling, however, in summer 2002, while working at a car dealership.
“He was a salesman, man,” friend Bryan Parada told “Snapped,” airing Sundays at 6/5c on Oxygen. “He really enjoyed just making the sale and making some money.”
While Ali’s parents were initially disappointed, they came to accept and even respect his new career path. Ali excelled at his new job and worked long hours — sometimes 80 to 100 a week. He impressed his supervisors so much, they rewarded him with an expensive Rolex watch, which he wore with pride. In 2006, he was promoted to manager of a dealership in Houston.
Ali began dating Nancy Flores, two years his junior, sometime after beginning his job in Houston. While Ali came from a large, loving, tight-knit family, Nancy’s past was filled with tragedy. When she was still a child, both parents died in a car accident. While Ali was known for his outgoing nature, Nancy was quiet and kept to herself.
After several years in Houston, Ali came back to Round Rock with his new girlfriend in tow. His fortunes continued to rise, as he was tasked with managing multiple car dealerships, and oversaw training people. He was making enough money that Nancy didn’t have to work. The couple lived in a big house and went on expensive European vacations.
In September 2014, Nancy told Ali she was pregnant with his child. It was going to be a boy.
“That’s all we kept talking about — ‘It’s a boy’,” Parada told “Snapped.” “‘We’re gonna hit the playgrounds and the seesaws and rope swings’ and all that kind of stuff.”
That December, the couple was married in a private ceremony.
Despite the impending arrival of their son, all was not well with the newly wedded Khans. The previous August, Nancy had called the police, claiming Ali had pushed and choked her after she didn’t cook him breakfast, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. When a sheriff’s deputy spoke to Ali, however, he told them Nancy was mad he invited a friend over the night before and had begun throwing food at him. When he tried to stop her, she bit his hand, breaking the skin. He fell to the ground, and she kicked him repeatedly in the ribs.
According to arrest affidavits obtained by the Statesman, the deputy observed a large bloody bite mark on Ali’s left hand and bruising on his rib cage. Nancy was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury, according to CBS affiliate KEYE in Austin. The trouble didn’t stop there, though. After seeing two containers filled with marijuana in their home, Ali was charged with possession, a misdemeanor.
On Feb. 28, 2015, Ali Khan didn’t show up to work at Round Rock Kia. He hadn’t been seen him since his previous shift, a couple of days earlier. When his boss texted him, he got no reply. A coworker was dispatched to the Khan’s house, and when no one answered the door, he called Nancy.
When Nancy arrived at the house, she told the coworker she and Ali had been having marital problems and she had spent the night at a friend’s house, according to Austin ABC affiliate KVUE. She then told the coworker to wait outside the outside, as she went to check on Ali. The coworker would later tell police, he heard Nancy scream after she walked inside the house.
When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Ali Khan’s dead body lying face-up on the floor of the master bathroom. He had been shot seven times — five wounds to the torso and two to the head, including a direct shot to his forehead.
“Normally when somebody is shot that many times, there is some sort of anger involved," Captain Fred Thomas, of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, told KVUE. Police would determine he had been murdered in the early hours of Friday morning, and that his body had been moved.
Nancy claimed money and jewelry had been stolen from the house, but it didn’t look that way to investigators.
“The house was locked up. There were no signs of broken windows or torn window screens or anything,” Assistant District Attorney Sunday Austin told “Snapped.” “It seemed like whoever went in there had access to that house.”
When police questioned Nancy, she told them Ali like to hang out at strip clubs. She said that, maybe, he was killed by someone he met there over a drug deal — allegations those who knew him strongly contested. She also thought he was having an affair. She claimed she had spent Friday night at her friend’s house, arriving there that morning, after a fight with Ali.
When police searched Nancy’s car, they discovered an expensive men’s watch — one of the items she claimed had been stolen — and bloody clothing. They also found a box for ammunition, with serial numbers matching a shell casing they found at the crime scene, according to KVUE. Blood was found on the bottom of her feet. Police arrested her for tampering with evidence and held her on $1 million bail, according to FOX7 Austin.
When police spoke to Nancy’s friend, she confirmed she had spent Friday night at her house, but claimed she arrived that afternoon, contradicting Nancy’s timeline of events. She said that when Nancy arrived at her house, she had blood on her, and eventually confessed that she had shot and killed her husband, according to KVUE.
On March 11, 2015, Nancy Khan’s charges were upgraded to murder, and her bail was raised to $2.2 million, according to NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. After she was taken into custody, jail doctors discovered she had never been pregnant at all. It was just a ruse to get Ali to marry her after their fights the previous summer.
In May 2018, Nancy Khan pleaded guilty to the murder of her husband, Ali Khan. In her confession, she said she killed him during a fight, after he learned she wasn’t pregnant and he threatened to divorce her, according to the Austin-American Statesman. That June, she was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Her projected release date is Feb. 28, 2055 — the anniversary of her husband’s murder — according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
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