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Just days before he was to go on trial for what he once called an "honor killing," Mehdi Matin admitted on Tuesday that he murdered his brother in 2009.

Matin, 63, told Snohomish County sheriff's homicide detectives he called off his marriage to an Afghan woman more than 20 years ago over an offensive remark his brother, Isa Mehri made about his bride-to-be.

Matin, an Afghan immigrant, said he felt tortured by his decision for years. So when his brother, 60, repeated the remark in 2009, he clobbered his brother in the head with a metal pipe, prosecutors alleged.

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