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megimoo
12-05-2009, 09:34 PM
A 46-year-old Binghamton NY University graduate student from Saudi Arabia was charged on Saturday with killing a retired anthropology professor, a specialist in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, with whom he had worked, the authorities said.

The student, Abdulsalam S. al-Zahrani,was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the professor, Richard T. Antoun, who was stabbed in his office in the university’s Science I building on Friday afternoon, said Gerald F. Mollen, the district attorney in Broome County. “We believe the murder weapon was recovered,” he said.

Mr. Mollen said in a statement that Mr. Zahrani and Professor Antoun had known each other through Mr. Zahrani’s “work in the graduate program.” Later, in an interview, the district attorney said that “they’ve known each other for quite some time” but that the extent of their contact was unclear.

Mr. Zahrani, a citizen of Saudi Arabia who is a graduate student in anthropology, was being held without bail at the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility after his arraignment in Town Court in Vestal, N.Y., Mr. Mollen said.

Mr. Mollen declined to say whether Mr. Zahrani had made any statements to the authorities. He said he was unsure if the suspect had retained a lawyer.

Professor Antoun, 77, received a doctorate from Harvard in 1963 and joined the Binghamton faculty in the early 1970s. He was “a sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted research among peasants in Jordan, urbanites in Lebanon, peasant farmers in Iran and migrants in Texas and Greece,” according to the university’s Web site. He retired in 1999 as professor emeritus.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/nyregion/06binghamton.html

PoliCon
12-05-2009, 09:35 PM
Clearly this prof was islamicly unclean in some way . . . . .

Rockntractor
12-05-2009, 10:26 PM
Clearly this prof was islamicly unclean in some way . . . . .

You mean he wasn't Halal.

megimoo
12-06-2009, 04:09 AM
You mean he wasn't Halal.The guy was an 46 year old graduate looking for tenure and the prof wouldn't sign off on it is my guess !

He stabbed him four times with a steak knife .He must have planned to threaten him when he met with him as he had that knife .Never trust an Arab as proven by that Arab Army Major at Ft Hood !

AmPat
12-06-2009, 12:08 PM
I'd bet that the Prof had different views of islam or was possibly a converted Christian.

noonwitch
12-07-2009, 09:02 AM
I'd bet that the Prof had different views of islam or was possibly a converted Christian.



Or a secularist, former muslim. But I wouldn't ignore meg's theory about tenure being on the line, either.