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Iraqi woman's death may not be hate crime

Shaima Alawadi, 32, is shown in this undated file photo. Alawadi was found beaten and unconscious in her El Cajon home on March 21, 2012.
April 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Just released court documents in the beating death of an Iraqi-American mother are casting doubt on whether the attack was a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, died three days after her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious in the dining room of their El Cajon home on March 21. Police said a threatening note was left near the body.

But according to court papers, a family member told investigators the woman was planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas.

The documents also show the woman's teenage daughter was distraught over a pending arranged marriage to her cousin. While police interviewed her after the attack, she got a text message reading, "The detective will find out tell them (can't) talk," according to the search warrant affidavit.

Police have said they're investigating the beating death as a possible hate crime, but stressed they're also looking at other possible scenarios. No arrests have been made.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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