EL CAJON (CNS) - An East County man accused of stabbing his wife to death in their apartment last weekend was charged Wednesday with murder.
Arraignment for Salem Zora, 47, was postponed until Thursday because a Chaldean interpreter was not available. Zora remained jailed without bail.
He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.
Zora made an emergency call shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, telling a dispatcher he had returned to his rental residence on Roanoke Road in El Cajon to find that his wife, 39-year-old Gankil Wijdan, was not breathing, according to police. Medics tried in vain to revive the woman before pronouncing her dead at the scene.
While questioning the victim's husband, detectives noted "several inconsistencies" in his account of the circumstances of her death, Lt. Mike Moulton said. Zora was arrested early Monday morning and booked into San Diego Central Jail.
Authorities released no suspected motive for the slaying.
Sandra Hoffmann, manager of the apartment complex where the couple lived, told news crews she was "shocked" by Wijdan's death and Zora's arrest.
"They are a fantastic couple," Hoffmann said. "That's all I can say."
A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery.
A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.
Temperatures will continue to warm through the weekend, cooling early next week. Weak offshore flow will give way to slowly increasing humidity.
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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a suite of proposed regulations today intended to improve dockless scooter safety and education.
More than 900,000 San Diego County residents participated in Thursday's Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill to test their level of preparedness for a major temblor.
An allegedly intoxicated motorist was arrested after leading sheriff's deputies on a chase from Santee to El Cajon, where he crashed the truck he was driving.
A motorist who led police on a chase from the Tierrasanta area to the Mira Mesa area was arrested Thursday after crashing into a fence and allegedly injuring two officers.
Residents in El Cajon are sounding the alarm on what they say are growing problems related to increased homelessness in the area. Some neighbors say they feel unsafe in their own yards because of drug use and nearby encampments.