KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - The man accused of killing a Kalamazoo woman over eight years ago has been bound over and is headed to trial.
Besham Sugrim has been charged with 1st degree murder of Linda Kay Gibson in September 2003.
During a hearing on Tuesday, Sugrim's wife, Bernadette, took the stand and said Sugrim came home in September 2003 and told her he had just killed a prostitute. He said he had stabbed the woman to death in the family's van, cleaned and bleached the vehicle, then got rid of the van.
Bernadette Sugrim testified that her husband told her he killed Gibson because she looked like his wife. After he told his wife, she took him to the bus station and he went to stay with cousins of his wife for a while.
Sugrim's wife testified that she witnessed him abusing their daughter 75 to 100 times. Cops were called after Sugrim beat the daughter with a karate stick in May 2011. Sugrim was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison for severely beating his daughter.
Once he was locked up, his wife felt OK to come forward to police about the 2003 murder .
Sugrim's wife also said Sugrim told her he killed a man in his parent's basement in 1995. Kalamazoo prosecutors say Sugrim was never prosecuted for that case, but there was coverage of the crime in the media at the time.
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