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Iraqi-American woman's beating death may not have been a hate crime

Shaima Alawadi

Courtesy of Al Arabiya News

Shaima Alawadi, 32, mother of five, was beaten to death in her El Cajon home in March.

Family turmoil, including a possible divorce and a pending teenage arranged marriage may have been the cause of the death of an Iraqi-American woman. When Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old El Cajon mother of five, was killed in March next to a note saying "go back to your own country, you terrorist", many believed her beating death to have been a hate crime 

But search warrants and documents recently obtained by ABC News affiliate KGTV find that Alawadi's 17-year-old daughter, Fatima, the only other person in the house when the attack occurred, was upset about her upcoming arranged marriage to her cousin.

Part of the records obtained were from Fatima's cellphone. During an interview by authorities after her mother's attack, Fatima reportedly received a text message saying "The detective will find out tell them (can’t) talk," an affidavit states.  

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Judge tosses 27-year-old South Pas murder conviction

ca-criminal-defense.com

The case against South Pasadena resident Frank O'Connell was tossed out in the same courtroom where he was convicted 27 years ago.

Back in 1985, when people still drove Ford Pintos, South Pasadena resident Frank O’Connell was convicted of shooting a man to death and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Fast forward to last week, when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover -- noting that the prosecutor’s key witness in that long-ago trial had recanted -- tossed out the conviction against O’Connell in another case of what some are calling prosecutorial misconduct.

According to the LA Times, the onetime Glendora High School football star was the prime suspect in the murder of Jay French, who was shot to death on Jan. 5, 1984 near a State Street apartment complex in South Pasadena where he lived.

As he lay dying, French reportedly stated that his killer drove a yellow Ford Pinto. He also said the shooter resembled someone known to French’s ex-wife, with whom French was fighting a child custody battle.

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Oikos University shooting spree: One Goh's mug shot released

One Goh

Alameda County Sheriff's Office

One Goh is accused of murdering seven people in a massacre in Oakland.

One L. Goh, the Oakland man accused of lining up several bible college students and shooting and killing seven of them, had his mug shot released Tuesday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Goh, 43, has been charged with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of carjacking on a killing spree that took place Monday.

Earlier Tuesday a list of the names and ages of six of the victims were released.

The kidnapping charge was added to the list because just before the execution-style killing spree began, Goh allegedly took one student hostage as he entering the classroom, according to Johanna Watson, the Oakland Police Department spokesperson. It was then that he lined up the students against the classroom wall and began to shoot, she explained.

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