Listening to held for TikTok star accused of double homicide
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A social media personality accused of fatally shooting his wife and another man in a high-rise apartment building in the East Village appeared in court on Friday to determine if he was on trial for murder is provided.
Ali Nasser Abulaban, 29, is charged with shooting Ana Abulaban, 28, and Rayburn Cardenas Barron, 29, at the Spire San Diego luxury apartment complex on October 21.
Abulaban, who went by the name of JinnKid on various social media platforms, is charged with double first degree murders, charges of using a handgun in the murders, and charges of committing multiple murders in special circumstances, meaning he was himself the death penalty if convicted and the prosecutors choose the death penalty.
His preliminary hearing, which is expected to last two days, continues Monday with additional testimony at the courthouse in downtown San Diego.
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Police were called at around 3:10 p.m. that day and police said they found the victims dead in the living room of a unit on the 35th floor of the complex on Island Avenue.
With his 5-year-old daughter in the car, Abulaban was stopped by the police near junction 805 and 15 later that day.
SDPD Det. Sgt. Christopher Leahy testified Friday afternoon that Abulaban called 911 after the shooting and told a dispatcher that he had arrived at the apartment and found both victims dead.
When the dispatcher asked him to stay on the scene, Abulaban said “he had to go” and ended the call, Leahy testified.
On Abulaban’s indictment, Assistant District Attorney Taren Brast said Ana Abulaban attempted to leave the marriage, in part because of a previous domestic violence incident where her husband pushed her.
Leahy testified that there have been nine previous service calls to the couple’s home since July 2021. Abulaban was not arrested in any of these incidents.
Prosecutors say Ana Abulaban asked her husband to move out of her apartment, but witnesses said he secretly made a copy of the apartment key.
He is later reported to have told investigators that while his wife was away on the morning of October 21, he used the copied key to enter the apartment, vandalized the device, and then installed an app on his daughter’s iPad that did it enabled him to monitor live audio in the apartment apartment.
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While listening to the app later that day, he heard his wife and husband “giggle,” Leahy testified, and then drove to the complex from a Mission Bay hotel where he was staying.
According to Leahy, Abulaban told police that when he entered the apartment he saw Barron and his wife sitting on the couch and Barron had his arm around Ana. Abulaban said he then shot both victims shortly after entering the unit, Leahy testified.
After allegedly escaping the scene, Abulaban picked his daughter up from her school and at one point told her that he had “hurt Mom,” Brast said on Abulaban’s indictment.
Along with what he allegedly told the detectives, prosecutors say he confessed to having committed his mother’s shooting in a phone call.
Abulaban remains in custody without bail.
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