Dad Who Drowned Sons Gets Death Penalty: Why Did Naim Rasool Muhammad Murder His Kids?

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 24, 2013 10:38 AM EDT

Naim Rasool Muhammad
A Texas jury has sentenced Naim Rasool Muhammad to death for drowning his sons, Naim and Elijah. (Photo: exas Department of Criminal Ju)

A Texas jury has sentenced Naim Rasool Muhammad, a dad who drowned his sons, to death.

The same Dallas County jury that took only 10 minutes to find Muhammad, 34, guilty of capital murder last week spent three-and-a-half hours yesterday deciding whether to sentence Muhammad to death.

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"I apologize for bringing any pain and hurt on anybody for the actions that I have caused to you all," Muhammad said after his sentencing.

In August 2011, Muhammad became distraught after Kametra Sampson, the mother of their sons Naim, 5, and Elijah, 3, broke up with him. Muhammad forced his two sons, along with Sampson, into a car and began driving. Sampson was able to escape from the vehicle, leading police to launch a manhunt for Muhammad and his sons.

Muhammad took the boys to a creek outside of Dallas, where he told his sons to, "Play like y'all swimming." Then he pushed their faces into the water, killing both.

In a videotaped confession to police, which was shown in court, Muhammad recounted how he drowned his sons in the creek. Muhammad said the reason he did it was that because he thought Sampson was taking their sons away.

"You've shown that you have no boundaries, that nothing is sacred to you -- not even the bond between a father and son," Sampson said last week, after the verdict was announced.

Muhammad's attorney, Paul Johnson, said that his client deserved life imprisonment with parole, but that due to his upbringing by a crack-addicted prostitute mother, in an environment of violence and sexual abuse, he should be spared the death penalty.

In a dramatic end to an extraordinarily emotional trial, prosecutor Tammy Kemp said in her closing remarks that Muhammad was "a monster" and "100 percent pure evil," which caused Muhammad's mother to get up and shout, "That is not a monster. He is my son." She fled the courtroom, but could be heard yelling outside.  

In the end, the courtroom was silent as the judge asked each juror whether they agreed on the death penalty, to which all responded yes.

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