By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2014 (El Cajon ) – After a day and a half of deliberations, an El Cajon jury on Thursday found Iraqi immigrant Kassim Alhimidi guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Shaima Alawadi.
After the verdict was read, Alhimidi prayed and spoke in Arabic, professing, “I attest to God that I am not the killer. I’m innocent,” ECM news partner 10 News reports.
Family members showed outbursts of emotion, divided in their reactions. The couple’s oldest son, Mohammed, rose and shouted profanities, exclaiming, “My dad is innocent, he was tried unfairly,” before being restrained and escorted out of the courtroom. But Mohammed’s brother, Ali, reportedly said he supports the verdict.