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Man again found guilty of 2014 killing of lover’s husband in Takoma Park

Man, woman convicted of murder in 2017, but his conviction was reversed

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For the second time in four years, a man was found guilty of murder on Thursday for the killing of his lover’s husband seven years ago in Takoma Park.

Hussain Ali Zadeh, now 55, and his then-lover Larlane Pannell Brown were charged with beating her husband Cecil Brown, 74, to death on Aug. 4, 2014.

Zadeh and Brown were convicted of second-degree murder in 2017 and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2017.

However, Zadeh’s conviction was reversed on appeal, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Zadeh started having an affair with Brown in October 2013, and she would give him gifts, including trips to Jamaica and a Jaguar station wagon, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

During their affair, Zadeh also had relationships with other women and married a woman in Jamaica in May 2014 when she became pregnant with his child.

On Aug. 4, 2014, Cecil Brown was in the backyard of his home gathering tools to fix his wife’s truck, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Zadeh beat Cecil Brown to death with assistance from Brown’s wife, according to evidence presented in the trial.

A medical examiner testified during the trial that Cecil Brown’s skull was fractured from multiple blows to the head. Additionally, blood was spattered at the scene and Cecil Brown had multiple rib fractures and a shoulder fracture, according to the medical examiner.

Cecil Brown was beaten more than a dozen times, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

An hour after the killing, Zadeh went to his job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car to “establish an alibi,” according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. When police investigators interviewed him that day, he lied about his relationship with Brown and refused to show them his cellphones.

Zadeh and Brown moved into an apartment together after the killing, and their relationship continued until both were arrested in May 2015, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

They were both convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2017.

Zadeh appealed his conviction on the grounds that he should have been tried separately from Brown. He argued that some of the evidence against her was not admissible or relevant to him and could posed a risk of prejudice, according to an opinion from the Court of Special Appeals.

The Court of Special Appeals reversed Zadeh’s conviction, remanding it to Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The state later appealed the Court of Special Appeals’ decision, but it was affirmed by the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

Montgomery County prosecutors retried Zadeh and on Thursday night, a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1 and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Zadeh’s attorney, R. Chet Otis V, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com