Accused murderer appears in court

HOUGHTON – The Dollar Bay man accused in the death of his wife appeared in 97th District Court in Houghton Friday to be formally charged with her death. Nima Nassiri, 34, pleaded not guilty to homicide in the second degree with intent to kill but without premeditation, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Nassiri is charged in the death of his wife, 27-year-old Sanaz Nazami. On Dec. 8, police arrested Nassiri at his Dollar Bay home on a charge of domestic assault. Nazami was taken to Portage Health and then transferred to Marquette General where she later died of her injuries. As a result of her death, Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Makinen filed the homicide charge earlier this week.

In court Friday, before Judge Mark Wisti, defense attorney David Gemignani told Wisti his client waived his right to a preliminary examination within 14 days.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed to a preliminary hearing sometime in mid-January.

Funeral services for Nazami were held Wednesday at Park Cemetery in Marquette. According to Michigan Technological University she was registered as a graduate student in environmental engineering and was to start classes for the winter semester beginning next month.

According to an obituary provided by her family for the Marquette Mining Journal,, Nazami had earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health engineering and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French Translation.

Judge Wisti remanded Nassiri back to the Houghton County Jail where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of a $5 million bond.