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Iraqi man pleads not guilty to wife’s murder

EL CAJON, Calif. – The husband of an Iraqi woman who was found beaten to death in their East County home last spring plead not guilty to charges of murder Tuesday afternoon.

Initially, the death of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, a homemaker and mother of five, was called a hate crime, but on Thursday El Cajon Police arrested 48-year-old Kassim Alhimidi.

“Not guilty…not guilty,” Alhimidi said during his video arraignment Tuesday. Alhimidi denied all charges against him, including two charges of murder and use of a deadly and dangerous weapon.

“He’s charged with murder. The jury determines whether it’s a first or second degree murder,” said Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals.

The husband of an Iraqi woman found beaten to death in her home eight months ago was arraigned Tuesday.

It’s been eight months since Alawadi was found beaten to death in the couple’s Skyview Street home on March 21.  Police said a threatening note had been left very close to her body.  While investigators did not divulge the contents of the message, family members say it said “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima, said her mother had been bludgeoned with a tire iron.

“So many months after the murder suggests that this was a thorough and long investigation, “ said Mechals.  “The investigation has led to the conclusion that this was a domestic violence murder and not a hate crime.”

Following Alawadi’s murder, a search warrant revealed she was planning on divorcing Kassim and move with her kids to Texas.  Detectives found divorce papers in her car.

“My wife and his wife they do a lot of shopping together,” said Qasim Alasady, a family friend for 18 years.  He told Fox 5, the couple never showed any signs of trouble.

“Never, I know the lady, I didn’t even notice anything between them never,” said Alasady.

He said in the Iraqi culture, divorces are a dishonor.

“We don’t have that much in our community,” said Alasady.  “I mean it’s kind of a shame to get a divorce after like 15 years, 18 years, kids, family, all this time. A divorce just like that for no reason?  No.”

If convicted, Alhimidi faces 25 years to life in prison and an addition year for the charge of using a deadly weapon.

He is being held without bond considering he is a flight risk.

He will return to court November 28 for the preliminary hearing.

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6 Comments to “Iraqi man pleads not guilty to wife’s murder”

    Guest said:
    November 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Let's see, she would have given birth to her first child at age 15. Isn't that rape? He would have been 31 at that time. SICK!!

    guest said:
    November 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    She wasn't even old enough to be married! Poor thing – to this "old man" over twice her age!

    Guest said:
    November 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Very sad. What could provoke someone to murder another person?

    NuNu said:
    November 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    this guy kasim alasady the family "friend" needs to shut up if a Muslim women gets a divorced is not a "shame" in a Muslim religion.And how the fuck you know there is nothing between the family .. Iam Iraqi and divorced and my family loves me thy didn't force me to do anything .. One thing mr.alasady Iraqi women would do anything for her kids and husband but if her husband do anything to hurt her shes leavening him no matter how many years she wasted.

    NuNu said:
    November 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    And shiama was a loving person. You arabic people out there dont act like you know what family problems are in there homes. AND THIS IS NOT A HATE CRIME OR HONOR KILLING! i think he mad her for divorce and hes old she young so hes like she isn't going to have a life of her own. And if her daughter knew anything and covering for it shes a bi***.

    NuNu said:
    November 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    And shiama was a loving person. You arabic people out there dont act like you know what family problems are in there homes. AND THIS IS NOT A HATE CRIME OR HONOR KILLING! i think he mad her for divorce and hes old she young so hes like she isn't going to have a life of her own. And if her daughter knew anything and covering for it shes a bi***.

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