[Tasneem Diwan |Photo Source: Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office]

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 By: India West Staff

Pakistani American Tasneem Diwan, of East Windsor, N.J., pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 to charges stemming from the murder of her mother-in-law in January.

Diwan, 46, was at the state courtroom in Trenton for the arraignment on murder and two weapons charges from an Oct. 14 indictment.

In announcing the indictment, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office alleged that blood-stained clothes, believed to belong to Diwan, were found in a laundry room hamper.

The victim was found in a pool of blood in a front room of the house by her son Nauman Diwan, the alleged killer’s husband, the prosecutor’s office said.

Diwan was tracked down three days after the killing in Atlantic City.

Diwan in February, according to the prosecutor’s office, admitted to the Jan. 26 crimes (I-W Feb. 19, 2016 http://bit.ly/1RTpJpZ) where she allegedly bludgeoned her 73-year-old mother-in-law Safia Diwan.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Skylar Weissman, chief of the homicide unit, said the plea offer from his office called for her to plead guilty to murder, with authorities recommending a 30-year-sentence, according to an NJ.com report.

Should Diwan be convicted at trial, she faces up to 30 years in prison.

Diwan’s attorney Joseph M. Mazraani said that his client has been dealing with mental health issues for years, NJ.com reported.

Diwan’s husband, her sister and her brother-in-law were present at the Oct. 31 arraignment in Judge Robert C. Billmeier’s courtroom.

Diwan, who has been held at the Mercer County Correction Center on $1 million bail since Jan.30, is scheduled to appear back in court Jan. 13, 2017.

This story was originally published on India West.