Wednesday, April 16, 2014
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury has ended its first full day of deliberations in the trial of an Iraqi immigrant charged with beating his wife to death — a killing that police at first suspected was a hate crime.
Jurors met for more than seven hours Wednesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, home to one of the nation's largest Iraqi immigrant communities.
Kassim Alhimidi of El Cajon is charged with killing Shaima Alawadi at their home in 2012. Their daughter found her in a pool of blood.
A note found near the woman read: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist." However, lab tests determined it was a photocopy.
Alhimidi's lawyers say he loved his wife, but prosecutors say she wanted a divorce.
Alhimidi faces up to life in prison if convicted.