Man accused of shooting his daughter and niece a year ago died of a suspected suicide
Abdool Z. Zaman accused of murdering his daughter and niece in December 2018 was found dead in the jail of Henrico County. He was found hanging in a cell on Friday, 13th December 2019, precisely 1 year after he had allegedly shot his daughter and niece. He was found by the staff who immediately took him down and performed CPR to revive him until New Kent Fire and Rescue. He was declared dead at 4:45 PM by a New Kent Fire physician.
Henrico County Jail Sheriff-Elect, Alisa Gregory has confirmed the death of Zaman to a news channel and it’s been believed to be a suicide. She further said that there were certain indications in writing but she isn’t sure whether they are maybe just notes or just writings in the cell so there are a few things that have been found that may have given some indication to his mindset. She further added that the holiday season is a volatile season for the inmates as they find it hard coping up with their incarceration.
Abdool was arrested a year ago on 18th December on charges of capital murder. A resident of Henrico, he had allegedly shot his daughter, Vanessa Zaman, and niece, Leona Samlall, both of whom were 18, were walking near the Oakmeade Apartments on Airport Drive and East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. A medical practitioner had declared that they were shot in the head. Investigators said that Abdool had confronted the girls before shooting them, in what appeared to be a fit of rage.
Soon after the crime, he had fled the place to go to Queens, New York, where he was arrested on 18th December 2018. He was held at the city jail for 101 days fighting extradition. In April 2019, he was indicted on two counts of capital murder, along with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony first and second offense. He was due for a 15-day trial in August 2020.