Jury finds Munawar Toha guilty of killing wife

Toha sentenced to life in prison without parole

FORT LAUDERADLE, Fla. – A jury has found Munawar Toha guilty of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of his wife, Surya.

Broward County Judge Jeffrey Levenson immediately sentenced Toha to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday. He's already serving a 30-year sentence for hiring a hit man to kill four witnesses in this case.

Toha told the judge he would not take the stand in his own defense Wednesday morning. His attorneys called no witnesses to the stand, and the judge charged the jury before allowing the state to begin closing arguments.

It took jurors less than three hours to reach the guilty verdict.

The motive is still a mystery to investigators, though they speculate a $150,000 insurance policy could be behind the murder.

Last week, jurors saw surveillance video from the night of Surya Toha's killing. The video shows a man, believed to be Munawar Toha, pulling into a parking lot, pulling out a bicycle from his wife's car, and then pushing the car into a lake -- all while his wife's body is inside the trunk. The man is then seen pedaling away.

"The business with the bicycle, the video, how the car went into the water, I mean, it was disturbing, but it all kind of came together," a juror told Local 10 News after the verdict.

She said jurors struggled with the decision.

"The blood spatter, I think, had a big part of it, in the house, and then, of course, knowing that she was found the way that she was found," she said.

Toha was married to his wife for 10 years and had two children with her.

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