MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – On Monday, a 66-year-old grandmother was sentenced to life in prison. In November, Raminder Kaur, was convicted by a second jury of first-degree murder in the Germantown slaying of her husband's ex-wife.
Raminder Kaur's attorney had attempted to claim in her appeal trial that the murder of Preeta Gabba, 47, was carried out alone by Kaur's husband. But the new jury disagreed, and her original conviction will stand.
Kaur and her husband, Baldeo Taneja, 65, had been tried in 2014 and convicted of first-degree murder. They both appealed, and although Taneja is still waiting, Kaur was given a new trial based on allegedly incompetent lawyering in the first case.
At the time of the 2013 murder, Kaur and Taneja were involved in an Amway operation while living in Tennessee. They were angry, prosecutors say, that Taneja owed money to his ex-wife Gabba. So they planned the murder under the guise of attending a Montgomery County Amway conference. Gabba lived nearby.
They shot Gabba in her Germantown neighborhood, put in an appearance at the Amway conference, then left to go back to Tennessee.