2 plead guilty to murder of Canadian tourist during Derby weekend in 2015
Two defendants charged in the murder of a Canadian tourist in town for Derby three years ago have accepted a plea agreement.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two defendants charged in the murder of a Canadian tourist in town for Derby three years ago have accepted a plea agreement.
Fatima Abu Diab, and her brother, Fahed Abu Diab, both pleaded guilty to facilitation to murder, robbery, drug trafficking and drug possession in Jefferson County court on May 9, 2018.
Fatima was sentenced to 20 years in a prison sentence, while Fahed received 35 years. They were accused of taking part in a violent crime spree with Fatima's boyfriend, Tyrone Thomas, preying on hotel guests during the Derby weekend of 2015.
Police say they used a taser to stun their victims, then robbed them at gunpoint.
According to court documents, 49-year-old Scott Hunter was shot in the 600 block of Phillips Lane when he put up a fight. He was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
In her interview with police, Fatima said Thomas told her he shot Hunter in self-defense.
"That dude was big and was really attacking him, and that's the only reason why he shot him," Fatima said. "He was protecting himself."
Hunter owned a coffee shop and enjoyed traveling.
Police believe Thomas was the shooter. Both defendants have agreed to testify against him at his trial that's scheduled to start in October.
Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.
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