The woman accused of killing Jerry Wheeler last June 18 is still at a state mental health facility in Milledgeville being evaluated and will not have a competency hearing that had been set for Monday in Douglas County Superior Court.
But judging from comments made in two letters written by 33-year-old Sahara Fakhir to area judges, the professionals who will issue a report on her competency have their hands full.
The Sentinel has obtained the hand-written letters, one dated Aug. 5, 2013, to Judge David Emerson and another to Judge William “Beau” McClain dated March 11, 2014, in which Fakhir does everything from apologize, make wild claims and calls judges every name in the book.
Fakhir was arrested and charged with the murder of Wheeler, a 66-year-old local businessman, inside his home on June 18. In preliminary hearings, testimony indicated that Fakhir was seen walking away from the victim’s home on the night of his attack, left her bloody footprints inside the home and had a knife stashed under her mattress that had the victim’s blood inside the handle.
Fakhir threatened to bring destruction to the courthouse and to Douglas County when she made her initial court appearance. in her letters, she said that some of her claims are coming to pass. She even took credit for District Attorney David McDade’s health problems.
McDade endured five surgical procedures and more than a month of intensive care after circulation issues were found on Dec. 5 when he was seeking to get clearance for back surgery. An ultrasound found almost total blockage. Doctors thought for a time that they would have to amputate his lower right leg and possibly the same on his left. He said it was those health issues that led him to the decision to retire at the end of April.
Fakhir wrote: “You think David McDade’s sickness is a coincidence? Did I not tell you that Allah said for me to tell you that he was ‘fed up with the Douglas County GA Judicial system and that he will again visit Douglasville with another unrelenting chastisement.’”
Fakhir calls McClain a “filthy, nasty, low-down, law-breaking pathetic, scum dog rat,” a “snake,” “you criminal in a black cape,” and threatens a type of holy war. She tells McClain that she will not work with her court-appointed attorneys Wesley Wolverton and Jim Kiger because they are “atheists.”
Fakhir in a court appearance claimed that Allah would serve as her attorney. In letters, she said Allah would provide “destruction of a courthouse by the power of a violent, turbulent windstorm,” and she threatened a judge’s freedom and his life at Allah’s hands.
“Allah is planning on killing you with his own hands – his own unique, unconquerable strength and yet you dare challenge his authority by oppressing me in violation of my religion and the Miranda Rights law, and in addition to that, you are planning to take my life?” Fakhir wrote in a letter to Judge McClain. “Allah will end up destroying you before you can do it.”
Do the letters point to religious fanaticism, mental illness or someone trying to beat the system?
Here’s a better question: Why are so many Muslims criminal, insane or both? Convert or otherwise.