Sacto 9-1-1
May 1, 2013
Jury convicts Ayobi of murdering her husband

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Shajia Ayobi of first-degree murder in the Dec. 18, 2011 shooting death of her husband, Ghulam Rabani Ayobi.

Ayobi had first claimed that her husband was killed by a carjacker in their automobile while the two of them were on their way home to their Foothill Farms residence after attending a dinner party with another couple in Natomas. She later claimed she killed him in self defense after suffering years of abuse at his hands.

Although the jury convicted the 46-year-old defendant, they did not find that she was the shooter in the death of her 53-year-old husband who worked for the U.S. Army as a cultural affairs consultant.

A second defendant, Jake Clark, 30, a one-time criminal justice classmate of Shajia Ayobi at Kaplan College, has since been arrested and charged in the case. Clark has yet to enter a plea. He said in a jailhouse interview that Shajia Ayobi offered him $500 to kill her husband, but he denied having anything to do with the murder.

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