MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York man and a Massachusetts woman have been indicted in the fatal shooting of the man’s wife in what was originally alleged to be a bias attack.
Noorani was fatally shot Aug. 16 while she and Parvaiz pushed their son’s stroller near Noorani’s family home in Boonton.
Parvaiz was also shot. Their 3-year-old child was unharmed.
Police said Parvaiz originally told investigators that his family was attacked by three men with guns shouting slurs about “terrorists” and opened fire on him and his wife.
But investigators quickly turned their attention to him and Stephen.
“Within hours of the crime, it was obvious to investigators that this was sadly the alleged handy work of the victim’s husband, who allegedly did the unthinkable and plotted to murder his wife after a religious celebration,” Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said last August.
Police said Parvaiz and Stephen teamed up to get Noorani out of the picture and said they found incriminating text messages between the two leading up the murder.
Stephen is accused of shooting Noorani four times and then wounding Parvaiz to cover up the crime.
Parvaiz, originally from Brooklyn, is being held on $3 million bond and Stephen, of Billerica, Mass., on $5 million bond. His attorney didn’t return a message seeking comment. Her attorney could not immediately be located.
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