An Essex County Grand Jury has indicted a Bloomfield man for the murder of his estranged wife Shazmina Khan, 31, of Montclair, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said today.
The indictment alleges Khan was fatally stabbed in her Montclair home—which she shared with her 8-year-old daughter Samara—on July 3, 2011 by Khalid Khan, 43, of Bloomfield. The four-count indictment also charges the defendant with two weapons offenses and endangering the welfare of a child.
The defendant remains incarcerated at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Bail is currently set at $750,000. Arraignment on the charges in the indictment is scheduled for April 17 before Superior Court Judge Peter J. Vazquez.
In August, Vasquez, sitting in Newark, lowered the bail on Khalid Khan from $1.5 million to $750,000 cash or bond, but the defendant—who has ties to Kenya—was forced to turn over his passport.
At the time, Khalid Khan's attorney Paul Condon told the court that his client is a U.S. citizen, a military veteran, and has no prior criminal convictions.
In the days following Shazmina Khan's death, Bloomfield and Montclair residents expressed outrage at the killing. Neighbors, one of whom , in remembrance of her.
According to the prosecutor's office, despite the couple's history of domestic disputes, Shazmina Khan did not have a restraining order against her husband. Katherine Carter, Public Information Officer at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said in an email to Patch last summer that Khalid Khan was previously arrested on simple assault charges but was not convicted.
Shelley Emling and Linda Federico-O'Murchu contributed to this report.