Paul Stablein, the attorney for Nayir Muhammad Masrur, who is charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his aunt,  talks to Masrur’s family members and supporters outside a 52-4 District Court courtroom Nov. 27.

Paul Stablein, the attorney for Nayir Muhammad Masrur, who is charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his aunt, talks to Masrur’s family members and supporters outside a 52-4 District Court courtroom Nov. 27.

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Man charged in aunt’s murder attempts suicide in jail

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 27, 2018

TROY — The 20-year-old Troy man who stands charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 12 bludgeoning death of his aunt reportedly tried to commit suicide in the Oakland County Jail, his attorney told a judge Nov. 27.

Nayir Muhammad Masrur was arraigned in the 52-4 District Court Nov. 14 following the murder of his aunt, physician Rubab Huq, 55, in a home on Shoreline Drive.

His probable cause conference was set for Nov. 27, which his attorney, Paul Stablein, told 52-4 District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig he was not able to attend because he had attempted suicide in the Oakland County Jail.

Stablein said the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office had informed him of Masrur’s attempted suicide. No further details were available.

Stablein said that Oakland County Jail staff said they were unable to transport Masrur to court for the probable cause conference because “of his mental state. They are concerned he would harm himself while being transported.”

“That’s a fair assessment,” Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Rob Novy said to Nielsen Hartig following Stablein’s statement.

Stablein said he visited Masrur at the jail clinic at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 26 and that Masrur “was not coherent. Didn’t understand.”

He asked Nielsen Hartig to grant requests for Masrur to be evaluated for competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

Nielsen Hartig said she had “good cause” to waive the 21-day rule in which a preliminary exam must be held, and she postponed an exam that had been set for Dec. 5. She added that she would sign both orders for the forensic examinations.

Stablein told Nielsen Hartig that many of Masrur’s family members were in the courtroom for the proceeding and that they were concerned for his safety in the Oakland County Jail.

He requested that an independent psychologist be allowed to treat Masrur in jail.

“I’ve seen the conditions in which he’s being held. Frankly, they are barbaric. His mental state has deteriorated. It’s the worst I’ve seen him.”

Stablein said he’s seen Masrur three times since he was arraigned.

Bond was denied.

According to a police statement, Troy police received a 911 call for an ambulance to the home on Shoreline Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 regarding a severely injured woman.

Police and paramedics arrived and determined that Huq was deceased. According to the police report, before police got the call requesting an ambulance, the caller, another family member, reported that Masrur was missing and in an agitated state.

Troy Police Department Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that when police arrived to search for Masrur, he fled to a home next door, which the family also owns, jumped down from the second story, then fled on foot through the neighborhood.

According to the report, as the responding officer was searching for Masrur, he was summoned to the basement of the home Masrur reportedly had just left by another family member. Police then discovered that Huq was deceased.

Police said an investigation revealed that Masrur struck Huq in the head with an approximately 15-pound dumbbell in the basement of the home in the John R Road and South Boulevard area.

Stablein told C & G Newspapers that Masrur, a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying economics, had been home in Troy for a few days and was an enrolled student at the time of the incident.

He described Masrur as a “model kid who had never been in trouble or had contact with the police.”

He declined to comment on whether Masrur has had previous mental illness.

“I don’t believe he understands what is going on or (can) assist me in his defense,” Stablein told C & G Newspapers.