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The courtroom exploded with emotion after the verdict was announced as family members and friends of both the husband and his murdered wife reacted.

Kassim Alhimidi, who was charged with murder in the March 2012 death of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, was also very emotional after the verdict was read and was shouting in the courtroom and had to be led away by bailiffs.

He could be sentenced up to 26 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi killed his wife by hitting her at least six times in the head with a blunt object as she sat at a computer in their home.

During closing arguments, the defendant's attorney said his client loved his spouse and had no motive to kill her.

"Shaima Alawadi was taken by surprise by someone she knew," Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals said in his closing argument.
Defense attorney Richard Berkon Jr. told the jury that Alhimidi did not kill his wife and loved her "with every fiber of his being."

The murder was originally thought to have been a hate crime, committed by someone possibly who killed her because she is an Iraqi immigrant.