Nelson's mother has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Bakhtar and has launched a website claiming he murdered her daughter, www.andrearemembered.com. A sworn declaration by an investigator working for her attorney cites interviews with several unnamed former Mr. J's employees. "Mr. Bakhtar had a close personal relationship with Mr. Johar and the Johar family and [he] therefore lied to the police during the initial investigation into the death of Andrea Nelson," it states.
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Matt Murphy, the deputy DA who declined to prosecute Bakhtar for homicide, said evidence that Bakhtar lied to police about his relationship to Nelson's ex-boyfriend wouldn't change his mind about her death.
"If I had to prove Bakhtar was a liar, I could do that in a New York minute," Murphy said. "But that doesn't prove a homicide case."
But some lies are more important than others, and if Homayan Bakhtar lied to police, it's possible he did so to mask a significant fact: the man who showed up at a hospital with Andrea Nelson's corpse was closely involved with the very scandal she revealed to police.