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Double murder goes to jurors

A trial in the deaths of a new wife and her daughter wraps up.

By COLLEEN JENKINS, Times Staff Writer
Published October 31, 2007


TAMPA - Who wore the white jumpsuit?

On Aug. 23, 2002, a mother and daughter died at the hands of a knife-wielding man in a white hazmat suit. Prosecutors say the suit belonged to Khalid Ali Pasha and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder. His defense attorneys say the state lacks proof.

Today, a Hillsborough jury will be asked to decide.

If the jurors convict Pasha, 64, they will next consider whether he deserves the death penalty.

Jurors heard from more than two dozen witnesses and saw 220 pieces of evidence presented by the state in the seven-day trial.

The defense offered no testimony. Instead, defense attorney Nick Sinardi poked holes in what he called "a circumstantial evidence case."

Robin Canady, 43, Pasha's wife of less than a month, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ranesha Singleton, were beaten, stabbed and dragged down a cul-de-sac in the Woodlands Corporate Center on Waters Avenue, west of Dale Mabry Highway.

A husband and wife told 911 that a man wearing a blood-soaked white jumpsuit and carrying a shiny object had disappeared into nearby woods. Then they saw a man emerge wearing khaki pants and a white T-shirt. He drove off in a van.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies stopped Pasha's van at a red light and found inside a bloody knife, bloody boots and a hazmat suit issued to him for his work collecting water samples for an environmental engineering firm.

Pasha knew of his wife's plans to pick up her daughter from work, Assistant State Attorney Jalal Harb said Tuesday. Blood from his clothes and face matched the victims' blood, Harb added.

Sinardi said no tests proved that Pasha had worn the white jumpsuit at the time of the murders, his prints weren't on the knife, and no one saw the killings.

Colleen Jenkins can be reached at cjenkins@sptimes.com or 813 226-3337.