Ali Irsan Bio
Ali Irsan (Ali Mahmood Awad Irsan) is a Jordanian-American convicted murderer held on Texas death row. He sentenced for the murders of his son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a friend of one of his daughters, in Greater Houston.
|Birth Date||December 27, 1957|
|Age||61 years old as of 2019|
|Children||12, including Nasemah Rachelle Irsan; Nadia Irsan; Nesreen Irsan Beavers; Nasim Irsan|
|Victims||Gelareh Bagherzadeh; Coty Beavers|
|Weapon||38 caliber handgun|
Earlier Life and Education
Ali Mahmood Awad Irsan was born in Jordan. He used a student visa, came to the United States in 1979, and became a naturalized United States citizen. He lived on a 3-acre (1.2 ha) property in a rural area in unincorporated eastern Montgomery County, Texas, near Conroe.
Craig Malisow of the Houston Press stated that Irsan considered himself to be a devout Muslim. Irsan studied in a medical laboratory program at Kirkwood Community College.
He stated in court filings that he studied in a medical program at a tertiary institution in Jordan and also said that he had a Houston Community College diploma of auto -mechanics. He studied in community college, and she worked on her GED.
Ali Irsan Wife and Childre
Irsan married at the age of 22 to his first wife, Robin Dahl, when she was 17. Robin Dahl first met in 1979 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while he studied in community college, and she worked on her GED. They married circa 1980 and moved to the Houston area by 1984. The couple had four children, with their first being born in 1981. In 1994 Irsan divorced his first wife.
When Irsan was 35, he traveled to Jordan and entered into an arranged marriage with a girl Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, who was approximately 15 or 16. The first wife left the house shortly after Irsan married the second wife.
Alrawabdeh, a Jordanian national, arrived in the U.S. circa 1995. In federal court, Irsan stated that he married her in Jordan but that he did not legally marry her in the United States.
Alrawabdeh had eight children with him while they lived in the United States, including the children from the other wife, the total fathered by Irsan is 12. She naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2001.
Ali Irsan Victims
Irsan killed Gelareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers
Gelareh Bagherzadeh murder
Bagherzadeh was murdered while in her father’s car, outside of her parents’ residence on January 15, 2012. Bagherzadeh was 30 at the time of her death.
The triggered person, using a .38 caliber handgun, shot Bagherzadeh through Alrawabdeh’s passenger side window, hitting Bagherzadeh in the head with one bullet that went through the passenger side window of the car she drove. Alrawabdeh stated that Nasim Irsan, Irsan’s son, was the trigger person.
Coty Beavers murder
Coty Beavers murdered at his residence at the Legacy Park apartments on November 12, 2012. According to Alrawabdeh, Irsan personally shot Beavers.
He had entered the apartment while it was unlocked and stayed inside while Beavers was with Nesreen; Beavers went with her to her car before she drove away to her workplace, around 5:45 A.M. Irsan shot him after Beavers re-entered the house. Irsan was in hiding inside a bedroom before he killed his victim,28, at the time of his death. Alwarabdeh was also present at Beavers’ murder. Nesreen found Beavers’s body, at about 4:30 P.M.
Why He kills (Motive)
Texas authorities stated that Nesreen’s conversion and marrying a Christian man motivated the father to commit the murders. In her court testimony, Alrawabdeh said that Irsan planned to also kill Nesreen, Cory Beavers, and the Beavers twins’ mother.
She stated If a girl ran away from home, it would bring disgrace to the family. Saying that the difference in religion and the element of premarital sex would reflect poorly on Irsan, Alrawabdeh said, I’m from an Arabic country, and I’m aware of the culture. The family would kill her to clean their honor.
According to prosecutors, Irsan wished to kill Nesreen’s loved ones first to inflict emotional distress on her, before killing her at a later date. Devon Anderson, the Harris County district attorney in 2015, stated that Irsan believed that [Nesreen] and others, including the two victims, had violated his honor as a Muslim.