Ali Abulaban is a California man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and friend at her home in San Diego.
Ana Abulaban was in the process of filing for divorce from her husband, and they were living apart when she was killed, KGTV reported, citing Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast. Police identified the male victim as Rayburn Cardenas Barron.
He is 29 years old.
Abulaban, who checked into a hotel, allegedly returned three days later, when his wife was out, to trash the apartment and install the listening app on his daughter’s iPad.
He is also charged with special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, which means prosecutors can seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
Abulaban, who goes by JinnKid on TikTok, has nearly a million online followers and posts comedy skits and celebrity impersonations, including the “Scarface” character Tony Montana.
Prosecutors say Abulaban’s wife had asked him to move out of their 35th-floor apartment on Oct. 18 following a string of alleged domestic violence incidents.
Prosecutors said he was listening to the app later when he heard his wife talking and laughing with Barron.
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Abulaban rushed back to the apartment, where he allegedly shot Barron three times before shooting his wife in the head.
Prosecutors said that surveillance cameras captured him running out of the elevator toward the apartment just before the shooting.
Abulaban then allegedly went to pick up his daughter from school before calling the police.
After the shooting, prosecutors said Abulaban drove to his daughter’s school to pick her up. He told the 5-year-old girl he had “hurt Mommy,” KSWB reported.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Abulaban called his mother and confessed to the killings. Prosecutors said Abulaban also called the police just after 3 p.m. while driving with his daughter. Police arrested him about 45 minutes later on State Route 15.
During the arraignment hearing, the judge ordered Abulaban to stay away from his daughter. The AP reported other family members stepped in to care for the little girl.
Inmate records on the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department website show Abulaban was booked into the San Diego Central Jail around 11:30 p.m. on October 21. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
He is being held without bail. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported it was not immediately clear whether prosecutors would pursue the death penalty.
Abulaban pleaded not guilty during the arraignment hearing on October 25. The San Diego County District Attorney’s website shows another court event was scheduled for October 28, with the preliminary hearing set for January 5, 2022.