The two sisters testified before a Montgomery County jury yesterday. The jury will decide whether Young, who killed the sisters' parents with a 15-inch knife, should live or die for the crimes.
Zein said her father's face was flat on the floor. She tried to move his face to one side so he could breathe, but could not because of injuries to her hands inflicted by Young. "I didn't think he had died. I thought he fainted," she said.
Zein then went to look for her mother, Lois al-Faruqi, and found her lying dead on the floor between the kitchen and laundry room. But it was much later, moments before going into surgery to mend her six stab wounds, that her sister told her that their father was dead, Zein said.
Young, 44, formerly of the 700 block of Melon Terrace in North Philadelphia, was convicted in 1987 of two counts of first-degree murder and was condemned to death. But the state Supreme Court threw out the sentence on appeal and ordered a new hearing, stating that the judge had improperly instructed that jury during the trial's penalty phase.
Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino rested his case yesterday after calling the sisters and other people who had suffered violence at the hands of Young, also known as Yusef Ali, to testify.
During yesterday's hearing, Sylvia Bailey, a Philadelphia woman who twice wedded and divorced Young, testified about the night in October 1986 when he shot her in the head because she was wavering about marrying him a third time.
Bailey said Young told her, " 'What I do to you is going to hurt me more than it hurts you, but I can't let anyone else have you.' Then he shot me in the head."
"I felt the bullet hit this side of my head and I kept asking him why," she said, holding the left side of her head. Young was convicted in the shooting.
Young's criminal record dates to 1972, when he was convicted of aggravated assault, robbery and related charges in two incidents, according to testimony. He was convicted of other violent crimes in 1976 and 1986.
Defense attorney Stephen G. Heckman said during his opening statement yesterday that he intended to show that Young was extremely emotionally disturbed when he killed the couple.
Young was hearing voices telling him that the Faruqis were having homosexual relations with Muslim students at Temple University, where the couple taught, Heckman said.
Lois al-Faruqi, 59, taught Islamic art and architecture. Her husband, Isma'il al-Faruqi, 65, was a senior professor of Islamic studies.
The killings received international attention in the months that followed
because of concerns that they may have been politically motivated.
Heckman said yesterday that he planned to call three psychiatrists to testify about Young's mental state.