Indian-Origin Man Convicted For Drowning Wife in Bathtub in US

Prosecutors told the court that Grewal showed his “true colours” immediately after he married Navneet Kaur.

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An Indian-origin man, Avtar Grewal, extradited from India has been convicted by a US court in New York on Tuesday, 16 July for killing his estranged wife, Navneet Kaur, 12 years ago when she asked for a divorce, according to media reports.

The 44-year-old who was extradited to the US in 2011 was found guilty of first-degree murder by the jury on Monday, for strangulating and submerging his 30-year-old wife Navneet Kaur in a bathtub in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee in 2007, the Arizona Republic reported.

His sentencing is scheduled for 23 August.

The two got married in India in 2005, but had a long-distance relationship. Grewal was living in Canada while Kaur was in the US on a visa.

Prosecutors told the court that Grewal showed his "true colours" immediately after he married Kaur.

Grewal would call his wife multiple times to find out her location, according to prosecutors. When she didn't answer the phone, he would call her office and other people.

Murder Was Premeditated: Prosecutors

Defence attorneys argued that Grewal killed his wife on accident and then made multiple attempts to take his own life. However, prosecutors argued the murder was premeditated and Grewal had a pattern of controlling behaviour.

During their marriage, Kaur needed heart surgery. She chose to be treated in the United States. But Grewal wanted her to have the surgery in Canada.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez said that the surgery was important to the trial because it showed Kaur cared about herself, while Grewal only cared about what was best for him.

Around the time of her death, Kaur told Grewal over the phone that she wanted a divorce. Grewal travelled from Canada to her Ahwatukee home so they could talk about it.

Kaur picked him up from the airport and took him to her house.

Kaur repeated her desire of wanting a divorce and admitted to cheating on Grewal, according to the defence attorneys.

“The couple started to argue and it escalated to the two slapping each other,” the defence attorneys added.

The defence said that while there was a fight between the two, Kaur's death was not premeditated.

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