Hamas-linked CAIR should have been prosecuted and found guilty for faking a hate crime and blaming this Islamic honor killing on Americans.
An Iraqi immigrant has been found guilty of bludgeoning his wife to death in their suburban San Diego home, in a case that was initially considered a hate crime.
Kassim Alhimidi, 49, shook his head from side to side as the verdict was read and chaos erupted in the courtroom as another man stood and shouted obscenities.
Alhimidi turned to the man and yelled in Arabic. That man struggled with officers as he was removed.
The judge and the jury also left the courtroom before the hearing could conclude. Alhimidi now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
He was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon, home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S.
Prosecutors argued that the 49-year-old defendant lied to police about his troubled marriage and apologized to his wife as she lay dying in a hospital. Defense lawyers said Alhimidi loved his wife.
Investigators initially considered the March 2012 killing a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: ‘This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.’
Alhimidi had wailed during opening statements in court on Tuesday, prompting a judge to briefly halt the proceedings.
No weapon were found in the brutal slaying but prosecutor Kurt Mechals claimed that other evidence proved Alawadi died at the hands of her spouse.
Alhimidi, 49, had pleaded not guilty in the case that evolved from being a suspected hate crime to one about a family that had struggled trying to straddle two cultures.
Mechals told jurors that local and federal police initially investigated the bludgeoning as a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: ‘This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.’
However, street camera footage and information from the couple’s eldest daughter about her parents’ troubled marriage led police to charge Alhimidi.
Lab tests found the note was a photocopy – possibly of a note found outside the family home a week earlier by one of the couple’s five children.
Detectives also found documents in Alawadi’s car indicating she planned to seek a divorce.
Alawadi, who wore a headscarf, was found by the couple’s daughter Fatima, then 17, in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor with her body tangled in a computer cord and desk chair. She had multiple skull fractures from blunt force and died two days after the attack. A sliding glass door was shattered.
‘To this day, we still don’t know what the object was,’ Mechals told jurors.
However, a medical examiner is expected to testify that it appeared Alawadi was beaten with a tire iron.
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