Sacramento woman convicted of killing husband
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A Sacramento jury has convicted a woman who initially said her husband was shot during a carjacking and later said she killed him because she feared for her life.
The Sacramento Bee reports the jury decided that even if Shajia Ayobi had been abused by her husband, as she testified, he did not present an immediate threat to her the night she either killed him or had him killed as he laid his head back to rest in their car.
Ayobi, 46, first told police that she and her husband had been carjacked on their way home from a Natomas dinner party, and that a robber who had concealed himself in the backseat shot and killed Ghulam Rabani Ayobi.
Later, she said the CIA had her husband killed. She finally said she had done it as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder from the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, as well as her experiences living in Afghanistan during the Soviet war in the 1980s.
The panel ultimately did not have enough evidence to conclude that she pulled the trigger in her husband's killing but did rule that he did not present an imminent danger to her that night.
The Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted Ayobi of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the Dec. 18, 2011, shooting death of her husband, who was 53. She faces 25 years to life in prison.
"We believe that there is another judgment coming up, and hopefully it will be more severe than this one," said Ghulam Ayobi's niece, Ferishta Kulaly, of the jury's verdict. "She has to face (God), too, and explain to him what she did to herself, her family, the kids, the mom, the community for selfish reasons."
A second defendant, Jake Clark, 30, said in a jailhouse interview that Shajia Ayobi had offered him $500 to kill her husband, but he refused. Clark, a criminal justice classmate of Ayobi's at Kaplan College, has yet to enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court on May 17.
Defense attorney Pete Kmeto said he was disappointed that the jury had not acquitted her on the basis of self-defense.
"What this woman went through in her life, and the domestic violence that occurred all your sympathies go to her," he said.