(WJBK) - A 16 -year-old boy is accused of killing his own mother in Farmington Hills. On Friday that teen was ordered to stand trial for her murder.
The body of 35-year-old Nada Huranieh was found outside their home in August. At first, it appeared that she had fallen out of a third story window of the family's million-dollar mansion on Howard Street.
But prosecutors now say Basil Altantawi smothered his mother and then threw her body out the window to make it look like she fell. Altantawi is charged as an adult and is being held without bond.
"If this is an accident, there's nothing to be ashamed of," testified Sgt. Richard Wehby, Farmington Hills police. "Accidents happen all the time. At this point in time, he changes to say that he got up to get a drink of water and he observed his mother going up the stairs to that room. It was just a guest bedroom where she did her makeup. But she was going to get cleaning supplies."
Prosecutors say Altantawi's actions were premeditated and with his strong family ties to Syria, he is a flight risk.
In a previous hearing, Farmington Hills Police Office Nathan Jordan testified he was called to the home, told a woman fell out of a window. He arrived to find the son with one hand on his mother, attempting to give CPR, and the other on the phone with dispatch listening to instruction.
The officer says he took over on CPR but did not feel a pulse. Jordan said when he asked what had happened; the defendant didn't display a lot of emotion, but added that people react to these situations in all types of ways.
As he inspected the scene, he discovered there was no blood on or around the body and that's when he says he requested a supervisor.
"Something just didn't feel right.," Jordan said. "This wasn't a normal death investigation."
When they went upstairs to the room Nada is believed to fallen from, officials saw a stepstool, cleaning supplies, and an open window.
Nada Houranieh was a popular fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Franklin Athletic Club.
The Farmington Hills woman was going through a divorce and her husband had moved out of their home. However, prosecutors say their two daughters, ages 12 and 14, were in the house at the time of the murder.