Steve suspected something like this in March, partly because it's the first thing that would be suspected by any homicide detective on his first day on the job, because it's the first thing they tell you to suspect in classes in the Police Academy.
I'd just like to point out something about the headlines in the climbdown stories:
Quoted by Brenda:
Husband held in killing of Iraqi-American woman, Associated Press, November 9, 2012
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The husband of an Iraqi-American woman, whose beating death initially appeared to be a hate crime was arrested on suspicion of murder in what police described Friday as an act of domestic violence.
Quoted by Steve:
Kassim Al-Himidi, 48, is suspected of killing his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, in March in El Cajon. A note found at the crime scene had suggested the slaying might have been a hate crime.
By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2012, 7:36 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — The husband of an Iraqi immigrant fatally beaten in the family home in El Cajon has been arrested and charged in her death, police said Friday.
You'll notice that the victim is an immigrant in headline and story, the suspect is not. In reality, of course, they both are. The first headline could just as easily say "Iraqi-American held in killing of wife," and the second could say "Iraqi immigrant's crime was domestic violence, authorities say." But they don't. This pattern holds throughout the rest of the headlines in Google News, with one exception at the bottom of the page: Iraqi Man Arrested For Wife's El Cajon Murder.That's a student news outlet, KPBS San Diego. Maybe they haven't been told.