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Murder Case In Brutal Stabbing Of Stamford Cab Driver Goes To Jury

Shota Mekoshvili is standing trial for murder in the brutal stabbing death of a Stamford cab driver.
Shota Mekoshvili is standing trial for murder in the brutal stabbing death of a Stamford cab driver. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Stamford Taxi driver Mahomed Kamal with wife Sultana and their son Sayfayt, in an undated photograph supplied by a family member.
Stamford Taxi driver Mahomed Kamal with wife Sultana and their son Sayfayt, in an undated photograph supplied by a family member. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. — Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the murder trial of a man charged with brutally stabbing a cab driver 127 times in August 2014 in a Stamford neighborhood, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Shota Mekoshvili, 32, is charged with murder in the death of Mahomed Kamal, 47, who was stabbed to death in his cab on Doolittle Road, a quiet cul-de-sac off Long Ridge Road.

Prosecutors said Mekoshvili stabbed Kamal during a robbery gone wrong, which accounted for the enough stab wounds to kill the victim in three different ways, the Advocate said.

But Mekoshvili testified that he was fending off a sexual advance from the cab driver when the bloody struggle occurred, according to the Advocate. He also said he wrestled a knife away from Kamal and feared for his life, the Advocate said.

Residents of the quiet neighborhood were shocked by the discovery of the cab driver's dead body outside a home, where he had staggered as the attack continued outside the cab, police said. The cab was found a short distance away in a wooded area.

Kamal, well known among his fellow Bangledeshi immigrants in the city, had immigrated to the United States about 15 years earlier.

Click here to read the story at the Stamford Advocate.

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