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."
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.