A Brooklyn man accused of murdering a 66-year-old professor after a war of words over immigration is claiming self-defense, his attorney said Friday.
According to court papers, Safran hired Atadzhanov to “work on his lights” in his home, even though Atadzhanov said he wasn’t an electrician.
The New York Daily News reported that Safran, a Canadian, wasn’t satisfied with Atadzhanov’s work, complaining: “This country cannot benefit from immigrants.”
And then the immigrant murdered the professor.
Prosecutors, however, claim that Safran was working out when Atadzhanov broke into his home and attacked him. [...] Police had gone to the home to investigate a report of a burglary in progress when they found Safran in the basement with trauma to his head and body.