Saveeta Barnes stands next to daughter Vanessa Zaman, who was fatally shot in Henrico County in December.

A New York City judge on Monday ordered that a man accused in the slayings of his daughter and niece be turned over to Henrico County, according to prosecutors.

Abdool Zaman, 39, had been fighting extradition since he was arrested in New York in December. He faces two charges of second-degree murder in Henrico.

His daughter Vanessa Zaman and her cousin Leona Samlall, both 18, were fatally shot on Dec. 13 in the 200 block of Airport Place in the Oakmeade Apartments in Highland Springs.

Samlall had been living with, and apparently had a 3-month-old child with, Abdool Zaman in Orlando, Fla., when Vanessa Zaman moved in with them in October, according to Vanessa’s mother, Saveeta Barnes.

Barnes said her daughter soon became worried about Samlall’s safety, so the two women left Abdool Zaman’s home with the baby to stay with Samlall’s mother and stepfather in Highland Springs.

The teenagers arrived at the Highland Springs apartment about a week before they were shot. The shooting occurred about a block from the apartment.

The baby is in the custody of Samlall’s mother, who married Abdool Zaman’s brother.

Abdool Zaman was arrested in New York five days after the shooting.

Matt Ackley, a deputy commonwealth’s attorney in Henrico, confirmed that extradition had been granted Monday.

No court date has been set in Henrico, but Abdool Zaman is scheduled to be picked up from New York on March 28. Online court records in New York show that he will appear in court that day and be turned over to Henrico authorities.


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