Guilty of beating wife to death US jury found an Iraqi man
A US jury found an Iraqi man guilty Thursday of beating his wife to death in their California home because she wanted a divorce, in what was initially thought to be a hate crime. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi.
The jury had deliberated for a day and a half over its verdict.
Initially, police suspected the March 2012 killing was a hate crime after finding a note near the body saying: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.
“But they subsequently alleged Alhimidi wrote it to confuse investigators.
Upon hearing the verdict, the couple´s oldest son, Mohammed, stood up and screamed out profanities.
“My dad is innocent; he was tried unfairly,” he said, before being escorted out.
Prosecutors said Alhimidi killed his wife — a mother of five — by hitting her at least six times in the head with a blunt object as she sat at a computer.
Alhimidi said he was out at the time, but surveillance cameras and a neighbor contradicted his claim.