Trial delayed for man charged in 1983 Oklahoma death

Jun 10, 2012

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a Canadian man charged in the 1983 killing of an Oklahoma college student.

Suhail Shanti's April trial was postponed and online court records posted Friday night show a September 10th trial date is now scheduled.

Shanti has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein.

Both men were students at what is now Carl Albert State College in Poteau at the time of the slaying. Shanti was free on bond when he didn't show up for his 1984 trial.

He was arrested last summer as he crossed the Canadian border into the United States after agents at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry in Blaine, Washington took his fingerprints and checked them against a nationwide database.

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