SAN DIEGO — A man accused of killing his wife at the couple’s City Heights Apartment, then fleeing the country, pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday.
Abdiaziz Kherow, 48, is accused in the death of 36-year-old Muna Kuri, whose bloodied body was discovered by her sister on the morning of March 4 in a bed at the rental residence the victim shared with her husband in the 4000 block of Van Dyke Avenue.
Dozens of people from the Somali-American community gathered outside of the downtown courthouse demanding justice for Kuri. After Tuesday’s arraignment, Kuri’s sister said Kherow was mocking her in court.
“He was mocking us! He was waving like ‘I did it! So what!’” Amiina Salad told FOX 5.
Salad said her sister was “sweet, humble, she’s funny. She’s always there for you, no matter what happens, she’s there.”
When asked whether she had a message for Kherow, she said “My sister is in heaven. You’re going to rot in here and you’re going to rot in hellfire.”
After Kherow entered his plea, the judge set his bail at $5 million.
The criminal complaint indicates the victim died that day or the previous day.
Lt. Chris Tivanian said Kuri, whose most recent contact with her family had been on March 2, had suffered traumatic injuries to her upper body.
Kherow was arrested in Panama on March 20 and extradited to San Diego last Thursday.
Kherow is due to return to court April 12 for a readiness conference.