It was all a lie – There was no hate crime…
Back in March, Kassim Alhimidi appealed to the local community to help find his wife’s killer. The family told reporters the mysterious killer snuck through the garden and into the back door and murdered Shaima Alawadi in a hate crime.
“The first hit her on her forehead then on her right ear. The third strike was on the back of her head. This was followed by five fast and consecutive strikes on her head and shoulders.”
And, then the killer, according to the family, left a threatening note at the scene of the crime.
Appeal: Kassim Alhimidi (right) speaks during a memorial service for his murdered wife Shaima Alawadi at the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Center in Lakeside, California, yesterday. He is flanked by his son Mohammed Alhimidi (Daily Mail)
Back in March neighbors of the Alhimidi family told reporters after the initial incident that the sliding glass window was busted from INSIDE the house. The video even shows the glass strewn about on the patio outside of the back sliding door.
Hat Tip Mara
Fast forward to November..
Police yesterday arrested Kassim Alhimidi on suspicion of murder.
He killed her while the kids were getting ready for school – then blamed it on whitey.
CBS Local 8 reported:
The husband of an Iraqi-American woman whose beating death initially raised fears of a hate crime was arrested on suspicion of murder in what police described Friday as an act of domestic violence.
Kassim Alhimidi, 48, was taken into custody Thursday after being called into the police station, said El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman.
The killing of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi drew international attention in March when the couple’s 17-year-old daughter told reporters that she found a note by her mother’s bludgeoned body that read: “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”
Redman said there were no other suspects. He declined to comment on the evidence or elaborate on a possible motive.
“Criminal investigations build, evidence builds, and you reach a point where you have enough evidence to move forward, and that’s what happened in this case,” he said.
Of course, not everyone believed this was a hate crime from the beginning.