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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:38 PM

Husband of slain Iraqi-American woman arrested in her death

Source: Reuters

Husband of slain Iraqi-American woman arrested in her death

By Mary Slosson
Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:16pm EST

(Reuters) - The husband of an Iraqi-American woman who was beaten to death near San Diego in March in a killing initially probed as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime has been arrested for her murder, police said on Friday.

Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was found bludgeoned to death in her home in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, home to a large Arab-American population, and died of her injuries several days later.

A threatening note found at the scene suggested Alawadi might have been targeted because of her ethnicity. In a sign of how closely the case was being watched, the U.S. State Department expressed condolences for her death, and Iraqi government officials attended her funeral in Iraq.

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"There was not somebody running around doing hate crimes. This was a domestic violence incident," El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman told a news conference to announce the arrest.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/10/us-usa-iraq-murder-idUSBRE8A902320121110

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