Husband arrested in murder of Iraqi woman

Victim had ties to Dearborn

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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.

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