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Husband of slain Iraqi-American to appear in court

Posted: November 13, 2012 11:40 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 11:40 a.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man recently arrested for investigation of murder in the death of his Iraqi-American wife is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday in San Diego.

Charges could be filed against 48-year-old Kassim Alhimidi in connection with the March death of Shaima Alawadi. Her death in March drew international attention after the couple's teenage daughter said she found a note by her mother's bludgeoned body that read: "Go back to your country, you terrorist."

Although Alawadi's death initially appeared to be a possible hate crime, authorities now describe the killing as an act of domestic violence.

Alawadi, a mother of five, left Iraq in the early 1990s after a failed Shiite uprising. She lived in Saudi Arabian refugee camps before coming to the U.S.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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