2012-04-08 13:34:47 UTC
EL CAJON Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating
death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast
doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was apparently planning
to divorce her husband and move to Texas when she was killed, a family
member told investigators, according to the court documents.
The records obtained at El Cajon Superior Court also reveal Alawadis
17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911 to report the
attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.
A search of Fatimas cellphone records shows that while she was being
interviewed by investigators hours after the attack, While she was
being interviewed by police hours after the attack, a text was sent on
Fatima's cellphone, The detective will find out tell them (cant)
talk, the affidavit states.
Fatima and her mother were the only ones at their El Cajon home on
Skyview Street when the attack occurred about 11 a.m. on March 21.
Alawadis husband, Kassim Alhimidi, had reportedly left to take the
couples other younger children to school, although police state in
the March 27 affidavit that his whereabouts had not yet been
Fatima told El Cajon police that she heard her mother squeal, and 10
seconds later heard the sound of glass breaking, the affidavit said.
She told police she thought her mother had dropped a plate. Ten
minutes later, the daughter discovered her mother lying unconscious on
the ground, near a computer, and called 911.
A neighbor reported seeing a skinny dark-skinned male running west
from the area of Alawadis house. He was described as being in his
late teens to early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a
dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a brown
doughnut-shaped cardboard box.
Alawadi died at a hospital three days later.
An autopsy noted the assault was extremely violent and showed
Alawadi had at least six hits to the head, with at least four skull
fractures. The injuries were possibly caused by an object similar to a
tire iron, with a striking edge that is narrow and made of a hard
material, according to the records.
The sheriffs crime lab determined a threatening handwritten note
found near the victim was a copy, not the original, the records state.
It is obvious that the daughter is faking grief in this video: