EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - The eldest daughter of an Iraqi-American man accused of fatally bludgeoning her mother at their California home says her father could not accept that his wife wanted to get divorced and move to Texas. Struggling to not cry, the daughter testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing for her father, Kassim Alhimidi, who is charged with murder. She said he told her he threw out his wife's shoes and an unidentified belonging the day of the killing because he feared police would suspect he did it.
The daughter was only identified as Fatima. Investigators say the killing of Shaima Alawadi was believed to be a hate crime because a note found near her body read: "Go back to your country, you terrorist." But they say the evidence indicated a domestic dispute.