- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Closing arguments have been held in the murder trial of a San Diego County man charged with beating to death his wife - an attack police at first thought was a hate crime against the Iraqi immigrant family.

U-T San Diego (https://bit.ly/1hTHLSb ) says the defense for Kassim Alhimidi argued Tuesday that he had no motive to kill his wife and loved her. But a prosecutor said the marriage was troubled and Shaima Alawadi wanted a divorce.

Jury deliberations are expected Wednesday.

The couple’s eldest daughter found her mother in a pool of blood in their El Cajon (Kuh-HOHN’) home in March of 2012.

A note found near the body read: “This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.”

However, prosecutors say it was planted by Alhimidi.


Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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