Husband arrested in murder of Iraqi woman
The murder in California of an Iraqi woman who formerly lived in Dearborn was originally thought to have been a hate crime. But now with the arrest of her husband, police say it appears to have been a case of domestic violence.
Shaima Alawadi was found beaten to death in her family's El Cajon, California home last March. A note found next to the 32-year-old woman's body read "Go back to your country, you terrorist."
On Friday, police in El Cajon arrested Alawadi's husband, 48-year-old Kassim Al-Himidi.
The couple, with their five children, moved to California months before the killing.
At the time of the killing, police said robbery did not appear to be a motive. Nothing was taken from the house.
Police in El Cajon say there are no other suspects at this time.
Kassim Al-Himidi is expected to be arraigned next Tuesday.