Father of 'Honor Killing' Victim Noor Almaleki to Stand Trial in November

The father of Noor Almaleki, the 20-year-old 'honor killing' victim Editor at Large Abigail Pesta reported on in this month's issue of Marie Claire "An American Tragedy," p. 98), will stand trial in Arizona for his daughter's murder in just

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The father of Noor Almaleki, the 20-year-old 'honor killing' victim Editor at Large Abigail Pesta reported on in this month's issue of Marie Claire ("An American Tragedy," (opens in new tab) p. 98), will stand trial in Arizona for his daughter's murder in just a few months. Iraqi immigrant Faleh Almaleki, 49, ran over his daughter with his Jeep Cherokee in October for being "too Westernized" -- Noor socialized with the opposite sex, wore jeans, and rebelled against her father's desire for her to enter an arranged marriage. Faleh is now charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and leaving the scene of a serious accident -- and he's pleaded "not guilty." Officials decided against seeking the death penalty for Almaleki back in February, but if he's convicted during the trial (now scheduled to start this November), he'll most likely spend the rest of his days in prison.

Our story struck a chord with readers everywhere, inspiring spirited discussion about the tragedy and the issue of 'honor killings' on our site and nearly 600 comments on Jezebel.com (opens in new tab) (and more than that on the Huffington Post (opens in new tab)). Tell us your thoughts: Will you be following the trial?

Anna Maltby is an award-winning journalist and editor and was most recently the executive editor of Elemental, Medium’s in-house health and wellness publication. She was previously the deputy editor at Real Simple magazine and a deputy editor at Refinery29, and also held staff positions at Men’s Health, Marie Claire, SELF, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health and Condé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O, Family Circle, Fitness, Redbook, Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, MensJournal.com, CondeNastTraveler.com, FastCompany.com_ _and Brides.com. She received her BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Anna is also an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer and functional training specialist, a certified prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, and a certified mat Pilates teacher. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and two tuxedo cats.