Kassim Alhimidi
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Prosecutor Kurt Mechals failed to prove that Kassim Alhimidi beat his 32-year-old wife to death in their home in 2012, his defense attorney told jurors today, April 15.

Prosecutor Kurt Mechals

A note reading “This is my county go back to yours Terrorist” was found near the bloodied body of Shaima Alawadi, but investigators eventually decided that the photocopied message was false evidence placed as a diversion. Alhimidi and his deceased wife reportedly arrived from Iraq in the early '90s.

Defense attorney Richard Berkon told the jury that it was “not so unusual” that Alhimidi would lie to police and deny problems in his marriage. In fact, his wife had obtained divorce papers from the same courthouse in which the jury of seven men and five women is now hearing the murder case.

The defense scoffed at investigators’ assertion that defendant Alhimidi could not account for one hour of his time — the same window of time in which his wife, the mother of their five children, was killed.

Berkon produced an evidence photo taken inside the house at 564 Skyview Street. He said the picture showed a clock that was off by one hour. The attorney suggested that the photo proved there was an innocent error due to the annual change of hour for daylight savings time.

There were witnesses who testified that 49-year-old Alhimidi made incriminating comments worrying that his wife might “wake up” and say that he was the one who struck her; but those witnesses were all related to the victim and therefore biased against Alhimidi, the defense attorney suggested.

The fatally wounded woman was found with multiple blows to her skull and defensive wounds to one arm on March 21, 2012; she was declared deceased in the hospital three days later.

There was tension in judge William McGrath’s courtroom: half the seats were filled with the family of the victim and half with family of the defendant.

Prosecutor Mechals was expected to give his final arguments to the jury this afternoon and then jurors would begin their deliberations in San Diego’s East County superior courthouse, located in El Cajon.

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Visduh April 15, 2014 @ 7:53 p.m.

Just another desperate attempt by a defense attorney to keep his client out of the joint. Put pathological lying together with the middle eastern culture they came from, and you have the formula for a classic wife killing. Doesn't it make you wonder how/why a 32 year old has a daughter who was something like 16 or 17 at the time? Another "arranged" marriage of an older man and a teenager that went bad.

But with some juries, you just never know.


anon14 April 16, 2014 @ 1:05 a.m.

I am sorry but you don't know much about the Iraqi culture. What you know about is the terrorist and you think they are all alike. Most people sadly tend to think of the middle eastern culture as a horrible one when in truth the culture is based around peace. This is a biased comment. I am not trying to be rude, but you don't know the man nor can you honestly know that he did indeed kill his wife. There is no solid proof that is why the system is flawed. I can't say he didn't but I can't say he did either. So instead of assuming something that can take a persons life away and ruin it more then it is how about we get better evidence. We are talking about people's lifes here witch is precious and must not be easily thrown around. False accusations sadly happen very often. I understand that its hard to get solid proof but if you don't have it then there simple should not be a decision like that.


Visduh April 16, 2014 @ 9:18 p.m.

We will see what the jury finds in the case of this man whose culture is "based around peace." Won't we?


Visduh April 17, 2014 @ 3:10 p.m.

And now we have found out. The jury says he's guilty, and he will be sentenced to enough years that if he survives, will be a very old and broken man when he gets out.


Missionaccomplished April 24, 2014 @ 12:32 p.m.

VISHNU, i thought you were suppose to be some kind of a teacher based on your comments about the SUHSD scandal. Then again, there are teachers and there are teachers. Your bigoted anti-Muslim comments demonstrate your ignorance. What does his religioun have to do with this??? Would you make an equally ignorant statement about Christianity or Judaism??? They make similar "honor killings" among some indegenous groups in Mexico, so what's your blanking point??? You have none, other than to disparage a religion not your own.


Ponzi April 19, 2014 @ 8:59 a.m.

Oh good grief. We know many of these people lie on their amnesty applications and then commit welfare fraud here. After he has served his sentence he should be deported as the law specifies for immigrants who commit felonies.


Missionaccomplished April 24, 2014 @ 12:35 p.m.

Ponzi Scheme, you know this for a fact or just regurgitating AM Hate Radio???

Mmmaybe we stop invading other countires and destroyng their infrastructure, thereby generating refugees.


H8MyWife April 18, 2014 @ 12:15 a.m.

I wasn't surprised to see the verdict come in guilty. This man is deluded and I feel sorry for his kids. They want to believe their father, in spite of knowing he killed their mother. This is the prevailing treatment of women in their culture. Fortunately, he is in America and will get what's coming to him and have many years to contemplate where he went wrong. Very sad for the poor wife who just wanted a better life and to get out.


AlexClarke April 19, 2014 @ 10:55 a.m.

The Muslim religion and practice devaluates women. Muslim women are property. They have no rights and must be subservient to their husbands. Failure to measure up to standards may result in an honor killing. Wives and daughters are in great peril if they become to 'American'.


Justin Powell April 21, 2014 @ 9:42 p.m.

AlexClarke is right. I was friends with a girl in Imperial Beach who's Muslim step-dad used to call her a "slut" and beat their mother. When my mom interceded and tried to help this poor mistreated mother, the crazy Iraqi dad chased my mom around their house with a knife, yelling threats. Arab women need to know their rights & that here in the good ole USA, there's no need to tolerate that kind of crap.


Missionaccomplished April 24, 2014 @ 12:40 p.m.

Justin Powell, you can say that about anyplace. Check the crime news stories.


Missionaccomplished April 24, 2014 @ 12:38 p.m.

Hey neckkk, we've had a woman PM in Turkey and female engineers in Iraq. Mmmaybe you should do a little research before you open your big mouth, full of hot air. You can start with Edward Said's COVERING ISLAM. (1981, Rev. 1997).


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