A judge postponed sentencing for a Ventura County man convicted of first degree murder in the brutal slaying of his estranged wife, in a murder for hire scheme. James Fayed is potentially facing the death penalty, after the same jury which found him guilty of masterminding the July, 2008 slaying of Pamela Fayed recommended he get the maximum possible penalty. A judge delayed the sentencing set for today (9/22) to November after Fayed’s legal team filed an appeal, seeking a new trial.
Prosecutors say Fayed had his estranged wife killed because they were involved in a bitter dispute over the gold, and bullion trading business they jointly owned, and that he also feared she would testify against him over some illegal business practices. The prosecutors say two others were involved in planning the murder of the Camarillo woman, with a third man actually carrying out the attack in a Century City parking structure.