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Man convicted in 2007 killing of estranged wife in Arizona


PHOENIX (AP) – A man accused of killing his estranged wife in Arizona in 2007 before fleeing to India for several years has been convicted of first-degree murder.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say jurors reached their verdict Monday against 44-year-old Avtar Grewal, who’s scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23.

Prosecutors say Grewal killed 30-year-old Navneet Kaur after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Prosecutors say Grewal strangled Kaur before putting her body in a bathtub and filling it with water.

Defense attorneys told jurors Kaur’s death was accidental.

The couple married in 2005 and had a long-distance relationship with Grewal living in Canada and Kaur in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee on a visa.

Grewel was arrested and extradited to Phoenix in 2011, but his trial didn’t begin until last month.

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