Investigators tracked down and arrested a woman they say killed a 66-year-old local businessman in a brutal attack in his own home, and Thursday she showed in court that she isn’t afraid of making threats.
Douglas County Sentinel (h/t Jack) Sahara Tabriz Fakhir, 32, of River Run Drive in Douglasville, appeared before Douglas County Superior Court Judge Robert J. James in what was a bizarre initial appearance hearing. The hearing was to formally inform Fakhir of her rights and to read the charges against her – allegations that she stabbed Jerry Wheeler repeatedly and left him for dead June 18.
From the beginning of the hearing Fakhir was defiant, threatening, called the courthouse “cursed” and claimed that she was represented by “Allah.” Fakhir, who is Muslim, demanded to be released. When James asked if she understood her rights and if she had an attorney, she responded “Allah is my lawyer right now and if you do not release me, Allah will have vengeance on you. Like he did in 2009 when he sent that flood – it is only going to get worse.”
But the display became even more bizarre. Fakhir, who stands 6-2 and weighs in excess of 400 pounds, was referencing her 2009 brush with the law in her comment. In January of 2009, Fakhir was arrested for allegedly threatening to slit the throat of her probation officer. When deputies came the following day to arrest her, she threatened to kill a deputy. While in custody she allegedly destroyed property at the jail.
After attempting to fire her court-appointed attorney due to religious differences, Fakhir agreed to a guilty plea in a deal that gave her five years with 130 days to serve in June 2009.
“I mean what I said,” Fakhir said when told she would not be getting a bond Thursday. “If you don’t release me. I mean what I said. I better be released from that Masonic Courthouse in the name of Allah. … If they disbelieve they better not proceed. …Why can’t I get a bond today? Why?”
Before leaving she turned her attention to the media gathered in the jury box and picked out one news station camera in particular to unload on. “Fox 5, really? Let the illuminati, reptilian news media in here, really?” Fakhir asked Judge James. “They are a member of the disbelieving public. All you free masons and Illuminati members in the courthouse you all are going to burn,” Fakhir said while being lead out by deputies. “I love you mother.”
Douglas County District Attorney David McDade called Fakhir’s appearance “memorable.” (LOL!)