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Deliberations begin in trial of school shooter's father

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Iqbal Memon is charged with hindering prosecution by trying to help his son avoid murder charges. Iqbal Memon is charged with hindering prosecution by trying to help his son avoid murder charges.
Iqbal Memon took the stand Tuesday to testify. Iqbal Memon took the stand Tuesday to testify.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A jury is now deliberating in the case against Dr. Iqbal Memon, who is accused of trying to help his son, Hammad Memon, leave the country to avoid facing murder charges.

Iqbal Memon took to the stand in his own defense after the State rested its case Tuesday. Earlier in the day, his wife, Safia Memon, was called to the stand by the defense to testify.

In opening statements on Monday, prosecutors said the evidence they have, like account transfers, passports and cell phone traces, proves Iqbal Memon tried to help his son get away. He is charged with hindering prosecution.

Hammad Memon is currently serving a 30-year sentence for killing his classmate, Todd Brown, at Discovery Middle School in 2010.

Investigators said Iqbal Memon tried to help his son Hammad leave the country before his son's murder trial. Safia Memon pleaded guilty to attempted hindering prosecution last year. 

Safia said she got a money order and passport to protect her son from going to prison and she concealed her plan from her husband. She said she was in contact with her family in Pakistan and sent a test transfer of money. She did not share the information with her husband because she said he would not agree.

Safia Memon said she cooked up a story of going to visit an aunt in Atlanta and she planned on getting Hammad out of the country.

Prosecutors said in their closing arguments that Dr. Memon and his wife tried to help their son escape justice. They said Dr. Memon changed his story to investigators three times. They said he first claimed they were visiting a sick relative, then said they were buying kosher meat, and finally that they were celebrating their daughter's birthday.

In the defense's closing, attorneys argued that the police department did a sloppy job with the investigation, calling it careless and with a rush to judgement. They said while there is no doubt Safia tried to get Hammad out of the country, there is no evidence that Dr. Memon knew of the plans.

The jury began deliberations late Tuesday afternoon. They will resume deliberations Wednesday.

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