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.”