Houbbadi Trial: Estranged wife stayed in domestic violence shelter for 2 weeks prior to fatal stabbing




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  • 2022-01-26 03:11:00Z
  • By The Leaf-Chronicle

Testimony in the Hamid Houbbadi case Tuesday revealed that Leila Chanane stayed at a domestic violence shelter in Nashville for two weeks before her stabbing death in 2018.

Hamid Houbbadi has been charged with first degree murder, first degree murder in perpetration of a crime and aggravated burglary in connection with the Oct. 20th fatal stabbing of his estranged wife, the 41-year-old Chanane.

She was found dead in a neighbor's driveway on Bellamy Lane after suffering from "multiple lacerations and incisions throughout her body," according to prior reports.

Chanane had been stabbed twice in the chest seven times in the back, District Attorney General Robert Nash told a Montgomery County jury during opening statements Monday.

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Houbbadi, who had a restraining order filed against him at the time, was found inside their house face down with apparent self-inflicted wounds, including several slits to the wrist and neck, officials said.

Arabic Interpreter Hebba Abulsaad, left, and defendant Hamid Houbbadi, right, seen in Judge Robert Bateman courtroom in Montgomery County courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
Arabic Interpreter Hebba Abulsaad, left, and defendant Hamid Houbbadi, right, seen in Judge Robert Bateman courtroom in Montgomery County courthouse Tuesday afternoon.  

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Domestic Violence Services Vice President Damien Talley testified Tuesday that Chanane lived at the shelter from Sept. 26-Oct. 11, 2018.

Power out for a day

On Monday, Nash mentioned that when police arrived, the power was off, suggesting that the act was premediated.

CDE Lightband Energy Services Manager John Jackson, who oversees meter data, testified Tuesday that the power was off for more than a day at the Bellamy Lane home address.

Jackson confirmed that the outage was not weather-related or due to power line issues.

"Nothing was notated on history for those occurrences," Jackson said.

CDE Lightband's data revealed that the power was off the morning of Oct. 19. It wasn't restored until 5 p.m., Oct. 20.

"There was a cut of power," Jackson said.

The Houbbadi trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.

Alexis Clark can be reached at aclark@gannett.com or 931-217-8519.

This article originally appeared on Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle: Clarksville woman stayed at domestic violence shelter for two weeks before her death

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