Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Ex-Wife Found Guilty of Murdering Orthodontist Hubby
Wife, cousin face up to 25-years in prison!
A woman accused of plotting with a relative to kill her orthodontist ex-husband over a custody dispute has been found guilty of murder.
Mazoltuv Borukhova, an internist, and her distant cousin Mikhail Mallayev were both convicted of murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder by a Queens court Tuesday.
They had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the October 2007 death of Daniel Malakov. They face up to 25-years in prison.
Malakov, a 34-year-old orthodontist, was shot in the back by a gunman with a makeshift silencer as he was at a playground to drop off his 4-year-old daughter, Michelle, with his ex-wife, police said.
"The whole idea to do it on a Sunday morning in a park in front of people was to eliminate herself as a suspect," a prosecutor told jurors, referring to Borukhova. "Hide in plain sight. ... Who possibly would think she was a suspect if she had it done it in front of her kid?"
Malakov had been granted temporary custody of the child a week earlier after a judge said Borukhova was hindering their relationship. Borukhova had told her ex-husband's relatives: "He took my child. It's already been decided. His days are numbered," according to Leventhal.
"She couldn't bear the fact that he was going to have custody of that little girl," the prosecutor said.
Prosecutors also pointed to Borukhova's testimony that she never heard gunshots as evidence she plotted the shooting and believed a silencer would be used. Several witnesses testified they had heard shots fired.
“Malleyev killed Malakov for the $20,000 that Borukhova paid him,” prosecutors told the court.
Borukhova's attorney, Stephen Scaring, argued that no direct evidence linked his client to the killing and said she bought a camera to document her husband's interactions with her daughter for the custody case.
Ex-Wife Found Guilty of Murdering Orthodontist Hubby NBC New York
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My Two Cents-
Even tho I couldnt be happier with the outcome of her trial.. I can't help but feel sickened by what this monster did to her little girls life because of her selfishness and her inability to do what was in her child's best interest.. now this little girl has no father or mother to raise her.. what now? She's certinally headed for a life of self destruction.. and pain. Pain not only for herself .. but pain for those she interacts with for the rest of her life.
I pray someone gets this child into therapy ASAP and she continues it into adult hood.. perhaps the results can be different for her future.
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