Man takes stand in trial for attack on ex's family

By By AMY TAXIN

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister, slashing her mother's throat and burning their home says he was high on drugs when he talked about wanting the family dead.

But Iftekhar Murtaza (if-TECK'-are muhr-TAH'-zuh) says he never actually planned to kill.

Murtaza testified Tuesday at his Orange County trial.

Prosecutors say Murtaza carried out the 2007 attack in a plot to reunite with Shayona Dhanak (shy-OWN'-uh DAH'-nock). They say Murtaza believed her Hindu parents had forced their breakup because he's Muslim.

Murtaza says he was angry after Dhanak announced her parents had threatened to cut her off financially unless they broke up. He says he took Ecstasy and during an online chat said he wished her parents were dead.

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