Depew Man Arraigned for Murdering His Ex-Wife After Breaking into Her Home, Violating Order of Protection

Modified: November 23, 2021 11:12am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 38-year-old Sayed Nasir of Depew was arraigned yesterday evening before Depew Village Justice Kathleen M. McDonald on the following offenses:

  • One count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony)
  • One count of Burglary in the First Degree (Class “B” felony)
  • One count of Aggravated Criminal Contempt (Class “D” felony)

It is alleged that on November 20, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the defendant unlawfully entered the home of his ex-wife, knowingly in violation of a no-contact order of protection, on North Creek Drive in the Village of Depew. It is further alleged that once inside the home, the defendant intentionally caused the death of his ex-wife, 33-year-old Nazeefa D. Tahir, by stabbing her multiple times.

Nasir is scheduled to return on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was held without bail.

If convicted of the charges, Nasir faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Chief Gary Hackbush of the Homicide Unit.

The defendant was also arraigned on a violation of probation yesterday afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour. The defendant is accused of violating a five-year no-contact order of protection that was issued for the same victim following a previous domestic violence-related conviction.

On May 8, 2021, at approximately 5:43 p.m., police responded to a home on North Creek Drive in the Village of Depew for a reported domestic incident. The defendant admitted to unlawfully entering the home where he engaged in physical contact with the female victim during an argument.

The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) on October 8, 2021. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to participate in a 26-week domestic violence program. As part of the sentence, a no-contact order of protection was issued for the victim, which remained in effect until October 2026.

Justice Montour remanded the defendant without bail. Nasir is scheduled to return on this case on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Daniels of the Special Victims/Domestic Violence Bureau.

DA Flynn commends the Depew Police Department for their work in the investigation.  

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.