Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot announced that Yaser Abdel Said got life imprisonment without parole eligibility after being found guilty of premeditated murder in the 2008 deaths of his two daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17.
Said took his two girls on a ride in his cab on the first day of 2008. A few hours later, Said's abandoned taxi had the girls' dead bodies with several gunshot wounds.
Sarah made a brief, frantic cry for help before she passed away.
According to an earlier CNN report, the sisters died when the police found the cab. Said vanished with his revolver and money
According to the press release, Said evaded capture for over 12 years, spending six on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List.
He was finally arrested in Austin, Texas, on August 26, 2020.
According to the statement, a Dallas County jury debated for three hours during a six-day trial before finding the defendant guilty.
"What Yaser Said did on January 1, 2008, was not honorable. Mr. Said has learned from Dallas County that there is never a good reason to take another person's life. He must now live under the supervision of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the rest of his life in prison," Creuzot, the district attorney, remarked. "My office and this jury have done all in our ability to ensure justice is served, even though this verdict does not bring Sarah and Amina back."
Bradley Lollar, Said's public defender, said to CNN:
"Even though the verdict saddens us, we accept it. We intend to file an appeal."
"There were no witnesses, no tangible evidence of any type, no surveillance tapes, and no confession in this case. On the contrary, our client has consistently maintained his innocence."