Judge rules no attempted murder in Fairfield domestic dispute

By From page A4 | February 22, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A judge ruled Friday that pointing a loaded gun at your wife for a few seconds does not add up to attempted murder.

Fairfield police did not think what Ibrahim Mohammad did on the morning of Dec. 15, 2013, added up to attempted murder after they arrested him outside his Grande Circle apartment. But that did not stop prosecutors from filing the charge against Mohammad a few days later – a charge that could result in a life sentence.

Mohammad and his wife had been going through some stressful times, she said Friday while testifying at his probable cause hearing. They had been arguing about housework and money when he announced he had something for her. He left and returned a moment later with a loaded gun, pointed it at her chest and ordered her to get down on the floor.

She did not lay down. Instead they struggled briefly, he got hit in the head with a bottle, dropped the gun and then started biting his wife and her daughter, who had joined the fray. Together they wrestled him to the front door and got him outside just before police arrived in response to calls about the disturbance.

While the attempted murder charge was thrown out, Mohammad still faces felony assault and domestic violence charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 7 on those charges.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • my2centsFebruary 22, 2014 - 5:50 am

    The DA's office doesn't give a darn about domestic violence victims! Everyone knows it! Unless a case is rock solid and all tied up in a neat little bow for them, they will not prosecute. And when they do prosecute, they are less than zealous. It is common knowledge that all a defense attorney in Solano County has to do is keep continuing a matter and their client can avoid prosecution for years! The goal of the defense being loss of evidence over time. DV matters are continued for literally years, even when the batterer commits numerous new crimes, including crimes of physical violence, the apathetic prosecutor just keeps agreeing to continue. Even after multiple failures to appear by the aggressor, the deputy DA keeps agreeing to continue. Women in Solano county pay taxes. We need to elect a DA who is not soft on domestic violence and the DA's office needs to hire effective attorney's. Apparently, the victim in this story needed to be shot before the DA would take the attempt to kill her seriously. I wonder if the crime would have been charged so lightly had a man made DuBain get on HIS knees and pointed a gun at HIS head?! Oh wait, of course it wouldn't have been, DuBain is a man. Ridiculous and SHAMEFUL!

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  • FF64February 22, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Not that I disagree with most of what you said, I have zero confidence in Mr DuBain's willingness to do the right thing without checking with his political advisor. The unusual issue here, is that the DA "Overcharged" in this case. Merely pointing a gun at someone has never amounted to "Attempted Murder". If the weapon is actually fired and the victim is injured, you bet! The suspect in this case is still facing felony DV charges My 30yr history dealing with the local courts and DA's has taught me that arguing against a continuance is usually a losing proposition. The defense will always get their continuance, especially if it is a private attorney. They won't go to trial or prelim until they get paid. I blame the judges for this, but remember, the court system was designed for the attorneys. They couldn't care less how much they inconvenience the victim or witnesses. I've been subpoenaed for one case over 20 times because of continuances.

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  • Bonnie RussellFebruary 22, 2014 - 9:42 am

    You are absolutely correct. Getting the police to even take a report is no easy task See the Domestic Violence Stats page at www.familylawcourts.com

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  • mescFebruary 22, 2014 - 7:38 am

    "A judge" ... Judge Robert Bowers. I always want to know the name of the judge.

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  • General Fadi BasemFebruary 23, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Agree strongly. Why hide the judge name? And why hide the prosecutor name? And why hide the defense attorney name? They all have names, and in each case two out of three are public employees...in most cases three out of three. And when a private attorney is appointed, he/she is also feeding out of the same public trough. Who is feeding there? Please put that in the article.

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  • RalphFebruary 22, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    "sounds like a plan"-Sanchez

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