A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man he suspected of being her lover – and then telling his five-year-old daughter he ‘hurt mommy.’
Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban, who had a history of domestic violence, had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his five-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment in San Diego and shot them to death, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
After the shootings, Abulaban, still armed, picked up his daughter from school, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said.
Ali Abulaban, 29, is accused of shooting dead his wife, Ana Abulaban, 28,
Abulaban is also accused of killing her friend Rayburn Cadenas Barron, 29,
The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, the newspaper reported.
Brast said outside court that Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app.
His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface.
Abulaban´s attorney did not comment on the allegations during the hearing.
Ali Nassar Abulaban, 29, was booked into San Diego Central Jail last week on two counts of murder hours after a shooting
The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder
Ali Abulaban confessed to detectives and accused his wife of cheating, although the prosecutor said she believes Barron, who was killed was a friend.
Police identified the victims as Ana Abulaban, 28, of San Diego and Rayburn Cadenas Barron, 29, of National City.
About two dozen family members and friends of the two victims packed the courtroom. Several of them sobbed as Brast shared details about last Thursday’s killings in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.
Brast said Ali Abulaban confessed to detectives and accused his wife of cheating, although the prosecutor said she believes Barron was a friend.
Abulaban has a history of domestic violence. The prosecutor said Ana called police in September and reported that her husband had pushed her, causing minor injuries. The couple’s daughter was said to have been present during the incident.
Ana had filed a restraining order against Ali and was planning to divorce him, reported Fox 8.
According to Brast, Ana Abulaban had asked her husband to move out October 18. He checked into a hotel.
Three days later, Brast said, Ali Abulaban sneaked back into the apartment and trashed it while his wife was gone. He also installed the listening app on his daughter’s iPad.
Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app. His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface.
Hours later, Abulaban was listening to the app when he heard his wife and a man talking and giggling, Brast said, and he raced back to the high-rise. Security camera video showed him running out of the elevator on the 35th floor toward the apartment.
Brast said Abulaban shot Barron three times at close range – in the neck, cheek and back of the head – before he turned the gun on his wife, shooting her once in the forehead.
Abulaban then called his mother and confessed, Brast said.
‘The defendant then fled the building, went to pick up his daughter from school, still had the loaded gun in his car,’ Brast said. ‘[He] told his daughter that he “hurt mommy” and then he was soon apprehended by the police.’
Abulaban’s daughter was in his car when he was arrested, reports NBC9.
Judge Kimberlee Lagotta ordered Abulaban jailed without bail, saying he is a flight risk and a danger to society. The judge also issued a protective order that requires Abulaban to stay away from his daughter, who is being cared for by family.
Abulaban is due back in court for a bail review hearing on October 28.
The shooting happened just before 3pm last Thursday in Ana Abulaban’s apartment on the 35th floor of the Spire San Diego high-rise