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.