September 29, 2016 - 1:10 PM
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his adult daughter at their suburban Cleveland home had his bond increased Thursday to $4.5 million by a judge after a prosecutor said the man was a flight risk.
Jamal Mansour, 63, made a video appearance Thursday in Rocky River Municipal Court. He told the judge on Tuesday that the shooting of 27-year-old Tahani Mansour was an accident. Rocky River police have said he shot his daughter twice in the head inside her bedroom early Tuesday.
City Prosecutor Michael O'Shea on Thursday called it an "assassination," but wouldn't elaborate.
Mansour had recently returned from Jerusalem, where his family is building an apartment complex, and had the means to pay the $1.5 million bond set Tuesday, O'Shea said.
"It's tough getting them back once they go over," O'Shea said of Mansour's risk to flee the U.S.
Mansour and his extended family own gas stations and grocery stores in Ohio, the prosecutor said.
Justin Withrow, one of Mansour's attorneys, said Thursday that his client is "devastated" by his daughter's death and called the fatal shooting a "tragic situation." Mansour is willing to abide by court rules such as GPS monitoring and would live with a brother in another Cleveland suburb if he were to post bond, Withrow said.
Mansour was born in Jordan and came to the U.S. in 1978, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen, O'Shea said.
The judge on Thursday expanded a protective order that prohibits Mansour from having contact with his wife and children to include a former daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Mansour also is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of domestic violence.
Tahani Mansour's life by all appearances was a success. She received a doctor of pharmacy degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2013, worked as a clinical pharmacist for University Hospitals and taught at the University of Findlay and the medical school, according to her LinkedIn account.
The medical school posted a statement on its website mourning her death, and included information about a prayer service held Thursday at a Cleveland mosque. The school plans to make counsellors available on Friday.
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