Hate-Crime Hoax: He Admits Arranging Wife's Murder

Husband's elaborate plot unravels quickly
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2011 1:21 PM CDT
Kashif Parvaiz Admits Setting Up Murder of Wife, Faking Hate Crime
In this photo released by the Morris County Prosecutor's office, Kashif Parvaiz is seen in this police booking photo Friday.   (AP Photo/Morris County Prosecutor's Office)

A Pakistani-American admitted to police that he set up his wife's murder and made up a cover story about getting jumped by three black men shouting "terrorists!" Kashif Parvaiz of New Jersey and a woman the New York Post describes as his lover, Antoinette Stephen, are under arrest for plotting the shooting of Nazish Noorani. It took place as she walked down a neighborhood street accompanied by her 3-year-old son, who was unharmed, and by Parvaiz, who was wounded in the attack as planned, but not seriously.

Afterward, he couldn't keep his story straight, and both police and Noorani's family got suspicious, notes the New York Times. "Someday U will find me dead, but it’s cuz of Kashi ... he wants to kill me," she recently texted her brother. Police say they also have text records from the suspects laying out intricate details of the plot. "You hang in there," Stephen texted him before the shooting, according to AP. "Freedom is just around ur corner." (Read more Kashif Parvaiz stories.)

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