ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME: Husband of Murdered Iraqi Woman in San Diego Will Stand Trial For Her Murder
Back in March 2011, Kassim Alhimidi appealed to the local community to help find his wife’s killer. The family told reporters a mysterious killer snuck through the garden and into the back door and murdered Shaima Alawadi in a hate crime.
“They 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, telling the family to “Go back to Iraq!”
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, in March. He is flanked by his son Mohammed Alhimidi (Daily Mail)
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.
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Last November Kassim Alhimidi was arrested for bludgeoning his wife to death before the kids went to school.
There was no hate crime, except the hatred he had in his own heart.
A judge on Friday ordered an Iraqi immigrant to stand trial in California in the killing of his wife, whose fatal beating prompted international condemnation because it had appeared to be a hate crime.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge Lantz Lewis announced his decision after Kassim Alhimidi‘s lawyer urged the court to let his client go, saying there is no forensic evidence linking him to the death of his wife, 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi.
Attorney Richard Berkon Jr. noted no blood or glass was found on Alhimidi’s body or clothing, or in his car. And he said his client does not speak English, raising doubts he was capable of staging the killing as a hate crime by planting the note found in the next room that read: “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”
Alhimidi has pleaded not guilty to murder. He also has cooperated with police throughout the investigation, even voluntarily returning from Iraq after burying his wife in their homeland.
“It doesn’t make sense, your honor,” Berkon told Lewis. “The real killer is still out there.”
The judge said the most persuasive evidence for him was street-camera footage that indicates Alhimidi might have driven a short distance from home that fateful March 21, 2012, morning and parked his car – contradicting his story to investigators that he had gone for a drive to relax at that time.
“It appears to be a lie,” Lewis said in explaining his ruling.
The footage shows a person getting out of a parked red car resembling Alhimidi’s vehicle around the corner from the home and then walking back to it an hour later.
Hat Tip Mara