UPDATE: Nima Nassiri convicted of murder

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 17 6:07 p.m.

HOUGHTON — “911. What location is your emergency?”

“Hi, it’s an emergency call because my husband got so crazy,” Sanaz Nezami said.

Those were some of the final words of Sanaz Nezami.  The jury, as part of their deliberations, asked to listen to the 911 tape Wednesday.

Both counsels gave their closing arguments with Houghton County Prosecutor Michael Makinen concentrating on what led to Nezami’s death.

“The cause of death was pounding her head on the floor,” Makinen said. “That’s the cause of death. And he knew pounding her head on the floor like that could cause serious injury and that’s what’s necessary to convict him of second degree murder.”

Defense counsel David Gemignani implored the jury to decide if there was intent and he says there were no clues to prove there was.

“This isn’t premeditated,” Gemignani said.  “This isn’t planned. It’s horrible thing that happened when Nima’s in a rage and is not even realizing what he’s doing.”

After hearing both sides, the jury reached a guilty verdict on second degree murder. Sentencing will be scheduled in 30 days. Nassiri could face life in prison.


HOUGHTON — The Dollar Bay man on trial for murdering his wife has been found guilty.

A jury has convicted Nima Nassiri of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Sanaz Nezami, last December.

He’ll be sentenced in 30 days, which would be on Friday, October 17th. Nassiri could spend the rest of his life in prison.