Man convicted of killing estranged wife in Phoenix gets life sentence
PHOENIX – A man convicted of killing his estranged wife in Phoenix and fleeing to India for several years was sentenced by a judge Friday to life in prison.
A jury found Avtar Grewal, 44, guilty of first-degree murder in July.
Prosecutors said Grewal killed 30-year-old Navneet Kaur in 2007 after she told him she wanted a divorce.
They said he strangled her before putting her body in a bathtub and filling it with water.
Defense attorneys argued Kaur’s death was accidental.
The couple married in 2005 and had a long-distance relationship with Grewal residing in Canada and Kaur living on a visa in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix.
Grewel was arrested and extradited to Phoenix in 2011, but his trial didn’t begin until June.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.