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UPDATE: Police Charge Suspect with Felony Murder after Victim Dies

Alpharetta police upgraded an aggravated battery charge to a murder charge in the domestic violence case.

Police have upgraded charges to felony murder against a 26-year-old Alpharetta man after a victim of apparent domestic violence died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The suspect had been charged with aggravated battery after Sanaa Merani was taken to the hospital for injuries she suffered in the incident. She died in North Fulton Hospital from those injuries, leading Alpharetta police to charge Alamin Nanji with felony murder for allegedly shooting the victim.

Police responded to a call at 5:40 a.m. Oct. 16 to Alpharetta 911 dispatchers from a neighbor on Jefferson Way who said he heard arguing coming from an adjacent apartment, said George Gordon, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Alpharetta police found a female victim who was critically injured, Gordon said. A male suspect was taken into custody for questioning. The female victim was transported to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Nanji was taken into custody at the scene and charged with aggravated battery following questioning

Since Tuesday morning the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigative Division has been conducting the investigation involving what they have termed a domestic violence incident that resulted in a female sustaining significant injury.
Alamin Nanji, 26 is being held without bond in Fulton County Jail on a charge of felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both charges are felonies

The arrest information was supplied by the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. It does not indicate a conviction.

KG October 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
He is not a convicted Felon, do your research!!
JD October 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM
The article does not say he is a convicted felon. It says what the charges are. What the charge is and what the suspect's actual record is are two different things. But mainly, condolences to this woman's family. What a tragedy!
Bob Pepalis (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
A comment submitted to this thread has been rejected because it violated the terms of service by making a personal attack and used profane language. The feelings are understandable as the person was a close friend or family member of the victim. I would welcome contact from you to talk about Ms. Merani. bob.pepalis@patch.com
Anvar Nanji October 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
No Yet - I hope he gets his just reward in prison - i bet he will end up as someone's bride there..
Anvar Nanji October 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
attacking a woman ? what a cowardly act.
Mebz October 21, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Are u related to Alamin...Mr. Anvar??
amin October 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
my hearfelt condolenses to the family of the woman who was passed away.,Let justice prevail in the court of law and ofcourse God is the ultimate judge. meanwhile,enough damage has already been done , learn from this incident,and please please stop provoking each other more with insults..
Zin Zinya October 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Does it matter if Anvar is related or not? A young woman has been killed and you ask silly questions. Have some respect for the family.
ROSHY DREW October 28, 2012 at 04:29 AM
MAY ALLAH REST HER SOUL IN ETERNA; PEACE AMEN
tariq jawad al khabori October 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
May Allah rest her soul in peace. feel sorry for the family
Mike Ali November 03, 2012 at 04:30 AM
ITS SAD THAT WE LIVE IN A CIVILIZED COUNTRY AND YET WE CAN'T CONTROL OF THE USELESS WEAPONS, GUNS WHICH CAN CAUSE SITUATION AS SUCH AS THIS, I NEVER MET SANAA MERANI BUT I DO KNOW HER PARENTS, WHICH I CAN FEEL THEIR PAIN AS IF THEY WERE MINE, I HOPE ALLAH MAY REST HER SOUL IN PEACE, AND GIVE STRENGTH TO HER FAMILIES TO OVERCOME THIS TRAGIC, AND A LESSON TO OUR YOUNGER GENERATION TO SEE WHAT COULD BE AN OUTCOME BY POSSESSING A WEAPON, HOW COOL ARE YOU NOW AL AMEEN, I HOPE YOU DO REALIZE THAT YOU MIGHT ME OUT NOW, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT !!!!!
ANSB November 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Zin Zinya, maybe you should have a little respect Mebz is the victims uncle and is asking a simple question. Since it's hard to determine who you are speaking to, you should not jump to conclusions. Mebz has more respect for the family than anyone, as he is a member of the victims family.

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