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Sentencing delayed in Iraqi wife's beating death

Thursday - 5/15/2014, 10:44pm  ET

FILE - Kassim Alhimidi, is seen on trial in El Cajon Superior Court for the 2012 murder of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, weeps during opening statements in the courtroom, in this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 file photo in El Cajon, Calif. The Iraqi immigrant convicted of beating his wife to death in what police initially believed was a hate crime could get life in prison at his sentencing scheduled for Thursday May 15, 2014 in San Diego County Superior Court. (AP Photo/UT San Diego, Howard Lipin, File)

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- Sentencing has been delayed by more than a month for an Iraqi immigrant convicted of the beating death of his wife in what police initially believed was a hate crime.

A San Diego Superior Court judge rescheduled sentencing Thursday for Kassim Alhimidi (ahl-huh-MEE'-dee) until June 23.

Alhimidi was convicted last month of bludgeoning Shaima Alawadi to death at their home in 2012. He could get life in prison.

Prosecutors said he killed her because she planned to divorce him. The couple's eldest daughter found her in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor. She died two days later.

A note found nearby read: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."

That set off a hate-crime probe, but investigators determined it was a photocopy.

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