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Death by bathroom door?

Jury begins deliberations in case of Mehria Mansury's alleged murder

Ghazal Mansury
Ghazal Mansury

According to her defense attorney’s closing arguments on January 26, Ghazal Mansury went to open the bathroom door, knocked over her mom, and then asked if she was okay; her mom said, “Yes,” so Ghazal went to work and came home later and found her mom dead on the bathroom floor.

The body of

Defense attorney Brian Dooley

Mehria Mansury, 79, was found in a remote part of San Diego’s East County in October of 2013. The body was in a shallow ravine near a dirt road on the Barona Indian reservation; parts of her body were missing due to animal activity, experts testified.

Concerned family members had reported the elderly woman missing about a week earlier. Ghazal Mansury, who lived in the garage of her mother’s home on Amulet Street with her convicted-felon boyfriend, at first suggested that her mother had gone for a walk and then failed to come home.

During a three-week murder trial this month, Ghazal Mansury, now 44, took the witness box to tell the jury that it was all a terrible accident. Ghazal admitted that at the time she was “drug addled” and “I wasn’t thinking right.”

Ghazal Mansury said, “When I was high on drugs I would be less patient, I wouldn’t be myself.” And, “I was so messed up on drugs, that I wouldn’t see her side of her situation.”

In the witness box, Ghazal admitted putting her mother’s dead body into the trunk of her mother’s car and, just before, “I gave her a kiss, right on her forehead.”

A police detective previously testified that Ghazal had admitted putting her mother into the trunk, plus the suspect accurately described the clothing that was eventually found on the body.

Prosecutor Paul Greenwood

During trial, prosecutor Paul Greenwood produced a witness who said that Ghazal described strangling her mother with an inner tube from a bicycle’s tire; investigators had found a large number of inner tubes and other bicycle parts in the garage where Ghazal lived. The same witness said she understood that Ghazal wanted to prevent her mother from going to a medical appointment the following day, because Ghazal had inflicted injuries to her mother in prior altercations.

“Ghazal was angry at her mother for various reasons,” prosecutor Greenwood said.

Ghazal commonly referred to her mother as “the bitch,” according to multiple witnesses and her own handwritten notes.

Defense attorney Brian Dooley admitted to the jury that defendant Ghazal “is not likeable” and that she has “done some bad things.” But he pointed out that the body was in such a state that cause of death could not be determined, and Dooley asserted that prosecution had not met its burden of proof.

The jury of four women and eight men heard the case before Superior Court judge Jeffrey Fraser in San Diego’s downtown Hall of Justice. Deliberations began just before noon yesterday, January 26.

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Yup, see drugs and dirt bag boyfriends are bad for you. Innocent people always burry their accidents. Of course it only takes one idiot juror to set her free.

Jan. 27, 2015

RE: "idiot" jurors. I served on a jury a few years back (after having avoided it for a long time). It was a very educational experience--one that everyone should have. You learn that a trial is not like what we've seen over and over in TV and movies. There was zero drama in the trial I participated in; the attorneys didn't yell at each other. The low-key judge didn't bang the gavel; she didn't even use a gavel. And while the defendant was a tattooed gang member who none of us liked, we eventually voted for acquittal. Why?--Because even though he may have committed the crime (assault), the evidence just wasn't there. That's the way our system works.

Jan. 27, 2015

And so many times, although the evidence is THERE, it's not allowed to be considered.

Jan. 27, 2015

dwbat: You are correct in that a trial has little to do with guilt or innocence it is whether the prosecution has made his(her) case. The defendant can be guilty but if the prosecutor has not presented evidence beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant goes free.

Jan. 28, 2015

After deliberating one full day, the jury announced they have a verdict. The verdict will be read today, January 27, 2015, in San Diego's downtown Hall of Justice, about 2 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2015

The jury declared Ghazal Mansury guilty of first degree murder. Honorable Judge Jeffrey Fraser, who heard the trial, will pronounce sentence on March 6, 2015, at 9 a.m., in department 37 of San Diego's downtown Hall of Justice.

Jan. 27, 2015

Ahh, justice quick and true. That's the way trials should go. The notion that a defendant can take the stand and admit to the crime, and then come up with some excuse is when I get really disgusted. Such as this recent trial of the wife who offed her hubby in Carlsbad.

Jan. 27, 2015

The judge sentenced Ghazal Mansury to 25 years to life in prison, on March 6, 2015. He spoke directly to Ghazal when he remarked on the heartlessness of dumping her mother's body out in the wilderness, to be torn apart by animals. After the hearing, prosecutor Paul Greenwood made a statement. "This tragic case once again underscores the fact that we all need to be vigilant about potential elder abuse," the deputy district attorney declared. He said that if anyone has a reasonable suspicion of abuse, "verbal, physical, emotional or financial," there is a duty to report. "Even though the victim may want to keep the matter private, we should not hesitate to pick up the phone." The prosecutor directed anyone to call Adult Protective Services at 1-800-510-2020. "That call may just save a life," asserted Greenwood.

March 9, 2015

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Ghazal Mansury
Ghazal Mansury

According to her defense attorney’s closing arguments on January 26, Ghazal Mansury went to open the bathroom door, knocked over her mom, and then asked if she was okay; her mom said, “Yes,” so Ghazal went to work and came home later and found her mom dead on the bathroom floor.

The body of

Defense attorney Brian Dooley

Mehria Mansury, 79, was found in a remote part of San Diego’s East County in October of 2013. The body was in a shallow ravine near a dirt road on the Barona Indian reservation; parts of her body were missing due to animal activity, experts testified.

Concerned family members had reported the elderly woman missing about a week earlier. Ghazal Mansury, who lived in the garage of her mother’s home on Amulet Street with her convicted-felon boyfriend, at first suggested that her mother had gone for a walk and then failed to come home.

During a three-week murder trial this month, Ghazal Mansury, now 44, took the witness box to tell the jury that it was all a terrible accident. Ghazal admitted that at the time she was “drug addled” and “I wasn’t thinking right.”

Ghazal Mansury said, “When I was high on drugs I would be less patient, I wouldn’t be myself.” And, “I was so messed up on drugs, that I wouldn’t see her side of her situation.”

In the witness box, Ghazal admitted putting her mother’s dead body into the trunk of her mother’s car and, just before, “I gave her a kiss, right on her forehead.”

A police detective previously testified that Ghazal had admitted putting her mother into the trunk, plus the suspect accurately described the clothing that was eventually found on the body.

Prosecutor Paul Greenwood

During trial, prosecutor Paul Greenwood produced a witness who said that Ghazal described strangling her mother with an inner tube from a bicycle’s tire; investigators had found a large number of inner tubes and other bicycle parts in the garage where Ghazal lived. The same witness said she understood that Ghazal wanted to prevent her mother from going to a medical appointment the following day, because Ghazal had inflicted injuries to her mother in prior altercations.

“Ghazal was angry at her mother for various reasons,” prosecutor Greenwood said.

Ghazal commonly referred to her mother as “the bitch,” according to multiple witnesses and her own handwritten notes.

Defense attorney Brian Dooley admitted to the jury that defendant Ghazal “is not likeable” and that she has “done some bad things.” But he pointed out that the body was in such a state that cause of death could not be determined, and Dooley asserted that prosecution had not met its burden of proof.

The jury of four women and eight men heard the case before Superior Court judge Jeffrey Fraser in San Diego’s downtown Hall of Justice. Deliberations began just before noon yesterday, January 26.

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Yup, see drugs and dirt bag boyfriends are bad for you. Innocent people always burry their accidents. Of course it only takes one idiot juror to set her free.

Jan. 27, 2015

RE: "idiot" jurors. I served on a jury a few years back (after having avoided it for a long time). It was a very educational experience--one that everyone should have. You learn that a trial is not like what we've seen over and over in TV and movies. There was zero drama in the trial I participated in; the attorneys didn't yell at each other. The low-key judge didn't bang the gavel; she didn't even use a gavel. And while the defendant was a tattooed gang member who none of us liked, we eventually voted for acquittal. Why?--Because even though he may have committed the crime (assault), the evidence just wasn't there. That's the way our system works.

Jan. 27, 2015

And so many times, although the evidence is THERE, it's not allowed to be considered.

Jan. 27, 2015

dwbat: You are correct in that a trial has little to do with guilt or innocence it is whether the prosecution has made his(her) case. The defendant can be guilty but if the prosecutor has not presented evidence beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant goes free.

Jan. 28, 2015

After deliberating one full day, the jury announced they have a verdict. The verdict will be read today, January 27, 2015, in San Diego's downtown Hall of Justice, about 2 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2015

The jury declared Ghazal Mansury guilty of first degree murder. Honorable Judge Jeffrey Fraser, who heard the trial, will pronounce sentence on March 6, 2015, at 9 a.m., in department 37 of San Diego's downtown Hall of Justice.

Jan. 27, 2015

Ahh, justice quick and true. That's the way trials should go. The notion that a defendant can take the stand and admit to the crime, and then come up with some excuse is when I get really disgusted. Such as this recent trial of the wife who offed her hubby in Carlsbad.

Jan. 27, 2015

The judge sentenced Ghazal Mansury to 25 years to life in prison, on March 6, 2015. He spoke directly to Ghazal when he remarked on the heartlessness of dumping her mother's body out in the wilderness, to be torn apart by animals. After the hearing, prosecutor Paul Greenwood made a statement. "This tragic case once again underscores the fact that we all need to be vigilant about potential elder abuse," the deputy district attorney declared. He said that if anyone has a reasonable suspicion of abuse, "verbal, physical, emotional or financial," there is a duty to report. "Even though the victim may want to keep the matter private, we should not hesitate to pick up the phone." The prosecutor directed anyone to call Adult Protective Services at 1-800-510-2020. "That call may just save a life," asserted Greenwood.

March 9, 2015

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