The girl's screams and moans as she begged her parents not to kill her were captured by devices secretly planted in the apartment by Federal agents who were looking into possible illegal activities by Mr. They included a number of phone conversations with Zein Isa and several other daughters in which he seems to discuss various methods of getting rid of Tina, including accusing her of attacking him with a knife. " in answer to his daughter's cries, chilled the jury of seven women and five men and shocked court officials who thought they had seen and heard everything. Isa, 61, a naturalized American citizen, and his wife, 48. 6, 1989, tells a story not of murder but of a struggle in which Mr. But prosecutors said they found only one police report. She said the Isas had to discipline their daughter or lose respect.Isa on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization. "It's worse than any movie, any film, anything I thought that I would ever hear in my life," said Bob Craddick, an assistant prosecutor for seven years, who has heard the tape seven or eight times. The only alternative to the death sentence is life in prison without parole. Isa killed the girl in self-defense after she threatened them and demanded money. After the verdicts were read, an agitated family friend who would give her name only as Mrs. "They'd be embarrassed in front of everybody in the country like somebody when they go without their clothes outside." But the third alternate juror had a different view.Maria Isa is Roman Catholic, while Zein Isa and the others are Muslim.
taped were the screams of a teen-age girl being stabbed to death. As the findings were announced Friday, the parents looked straight ahead.She had lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and on the West Bank, but she was happiest in St. An honor student, she played high school soccer over her father's objections. Again over his objections, she went to the junior prom, only to be taken away by family members. On Friday, the jurors had convicted them in the death of their daughter Tina, the father for stabbing her and the mother for holding her down. turned over a number of tapes to the prosecutor, Dee Joyce-Hayes. Translated for Jury The seven-minute tape of the killing, on which the father is heard shouting in Arabic "Die quickly! She said the family sought help from the police in the months before the murder, even asking for Tina to be placed in a foster home.
27— Hoping to hear evidence of terrorist activities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted listening devices in the tiny apartment of a Palestinian-American more than two years ago. The jury deliberated more than four hours Saturday before asking for the death penalty against Zein Isa and his wife, Maria. has refused to discuss the tapes, only some of which were used at the trial, it is not clear whether the authorities could have intervened to prevent the killing. Soraia Salem, one of Tina's sisters, said the system failed her sister.On the night of her death, Tina's parents express anger on the tape that she was at work, then seem not to believe that she was at work at all. " Zein Isa replies: "Do you know that you are going to die tonight?