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Iraqi Immigrant Guilty Of Killing Wife In U.S.

In the United States, a court in California has convicted an Iraqi immigrant of beating his wife to death.

Kassim Alhimidi was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon, home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the United States.

Prosecutors argued that the 49-year-old defendant lied to police about his troubled marriage and apologized to his wife as she lay dying in a hospital.

Defense lawyers said Alhimidi loved his wife.

Investigators initially considered the March 2012 killing a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."

Alhimidi could face life in prison when sentenced.
Based on reporting by AP