'Honor Killing' Trial Starts Monday in Phoenix

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A jury in Phoenix will hear opening statements Monday in the murder case of an Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his daughter because he believed she was too Westernized.

Police say Faleh Hassan Almaleki intentionally slammed his Jeep into his 20-year-old daughter Noor Almaleki and her boyfriend's mother in October 2009.

The mother lived, but Noor Almaleki died from her injuries after two weeks in a coma.

Almaleki has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.

It has been called a case of honor killing. In some Middle Eastern cultures, daughters are killed when they're accused of bringing shame on their family.

Almaleki's attorneys have not disclosed their defense strategy.

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