Thursday, June 10, 2010

Muslim who cut girlfriend’s throat gets life, threatened jihad on jurors

The would-be beheader said how he wasn’t bound by American laws, but only recognized the Shariah (Islamic), the law of Islam.

Grendel Report via Arkansas Observer, Sentence Is Life for Muslim Who Cuts Girlfriend’s Throat:

A Little Rock man who once served prison time for threatening President George W. Bush’s daughters was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for cutting his girlfriend’s throat after jurors saw letters he’d written describing himself as an “American Taliban” and calling for death to America.

Gregory Houston Holt’s Islamic faith was not an issue at his two-day trial until the jury convicted him on all charges – aggravated residential burglary and first-degree domestic battery – for the May 2009 attack on Connie Taylor. The only indication visible to the jury of Holt’s beliefs was a large crescent moon and star on the back of his left hand.

The proceedings before Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey also revealed that Holt, 34, has been feuding with Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Tennessee man charged with capital murder over the slaying of a soldier at a Little Rock recruiting center. The dispute purportedly was over which man is the better Muslim.

And Holt claimed that Randeep Mann, the Pope County doctor accused of bombing the chairman of the state Medical Board, had consulted with him about medical evidence in Holt’s case.

Only after jurors had delivered their guilty verdict did they learn why Holt had been shackled and accompanied by armed deputies: a letter he wrote to jailers in April promising a potentially deadly “jihad” inside the courtroom should “the verdict in my trial go south.”

But Holt had little reaction to the guilty verdict, delivered after 40 minutes of deliberation. At sentencing, deputy prosecutor Will Jones showed jurors eight letters Holt had written from jail. In the letters, Holt occasionally praised Osama bin Laden, dreamed of dying a martyr in a jihad, and wrote poetry imagining Little Rock police detective Damon Whitener being decapitated by the Taliban. Holt also wrote how he wasn’t bound by American laws, but only recognized the Shariah law of Islam.

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