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Guilty of beating wife to death US jury found an Iraqi man

Guilty of beating wife to death US jury found an Iraqi man

Guilty of beating wife to death US jury found an Iraqi man
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 coupleĀ“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.

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