Hearing held for 29-year-old social media star accused of killing his wife, his friend

Ali Nasser Abulaban. Image from NBC 7

A social media personality accused of shooting his wife and another man in an East Village apartment building appeared in court on Friday for a hearing to determine whether he will stand trial for murder.

Ali Nasser Abulaban, 29, is charged on October 21 with the shooting deaths of Ana Abulaban, 28, and Rayburn Cardenas Barron, 29, in the Spire San Diego luxury apartment complex.

Abulaban, who has passed through JinnKid on various social media platforms, is charged with two counts of first degree murder, allegations of the use of a handgun in the murders and allegation of special circumstances having committed multiple murders, meaning he could face the death penalty if convicted and prosecutors choose to prosecute the death penalty.

His preliminary hearing, which is expected to last two days, will resume Monday with further testimony at the downtown San Diego courthouse.

Police were called around 3:10 p.m. that day and found the victims dead in the living room of a unit on the 35th floor of the complex on Island Avenue, police said.

With his 5-year-old daughter in the car, Abulaban was arrested by police later that day near the interchange of Highways 805 and 15.

Retail Sgt. Christopher Leahy said Friday afternoon that Abulaban called 911 after the shooting, telling a dispatcher he arrived at the apartment and found the two victims dead.

When the dispatcher asked him to stay at the scene, Abulaban “said he had to go” and ended the call, Leahy said.

During Abulaban’s appearance, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said Ana Abulaban was trying to leave the marriage, in part because of an earlier incident of domestic violence in which her husband pushed her.

Leahy testified that nine previous service calls had been made to the couple’s apartment since July 2021. Abulaban has not been arrested in connection with any of these incidents.

Prosecutors say Ana Abulaban asked her husband to leave their apartment, but according to testimony, he secretly made a copy of the apartment key.

He later reportedly 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 unit, then installed an app on his iPad. girl who allowed him to monitor live audio inside the apartment.

Listening to the app later that day, he heard his wife and a man “laughing,” Leahy said, then drove to the resort from a Mission Bay hotel where he was staying.

According to Leahy, Abulaban told police that upon entering the apartment he saw Barron and his wife sitting on the sofa, and Barron put his arm around Ana. Abulaban said he then shot the two victims shortly after entering the unit, Leahy said.

After allegedly fleeing the scene, Abulaban picked up his daughter from her school and told her at one point that he had “hurt mum,” Brast said during Abulaban’s arraignment.

Along with what he allegedly told detectives, prosecutors said he confessed to committing the shooting to his mother during a phone call.

Abulaban remains in detention without bail.

City News Service contributed to this article.







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