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Escondido man who allegedly confessed to killing wife pleads not guilty

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VISTA (CNS) - A man who allegedly confessed to fatally stabbing his wife of more than 40 years in their Escondido home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge.

Abdul Rehman Ibrahim faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, with an allegation that he used a knife in the attack on 64-year-old Shambanoo Ibrahim. The defendant was ordered held on $5 million bail.

Ibrahim, 67, walked into Escondido police headquarters around 3:30 a.m. on June 23 and volunteered that he had "killed his wife with a knife," according to Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin.

Officers then went to the couple's home at 1165 Catspaw Place, where they found a woman who had been stabbed numerous times in the upper body, apparently as she slept in her bed, Griffin said.

"There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle of any kind," Griffin said last month. "Abdul and Shambanoo Ibrahim have resided in the home for many years and were married for more than 40 years."

The defendant was charged with murder last month, but his formal arraignment was rescheduled twice for unspecified reasons.

A readiness conference was set for July 18 and a preliminary hearing for July 23.

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