TIKTOK star who was arrested for a double murder in October has admitted to spying on his wife before she was shot, in a jailhouse interview.
Ali Abulaban, who goes by the TikTok name 'JinnKid', said in a phone interview from jail that he walked in on her cheating before her death, in October 2021
In an interview from San Diego's George Bailey Detention Facility, Abulaban, 29, told FOX 5 about the day that his wife and her friend were found dead in a San Diego high-rise on October 21.
Abulaban is accused of fatally shooting Ana Abulaban, 28, and her friend, Rayburn Cardenas Barron, 29, but has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.
When FOX 5 asked if Abulaban killed his wife, he replied: "Don't ask me that, don't ask me that."
Prosecutors say just days prior, Ana kicked Ali out of their home, so he installed a listening device on their daughter’s iPad and used it to spy on his wife, who he thought was cheating on him.
Abulaban told FOX 5 in the interview from jail that he "was freaking out" when he heard a male voice through the listening device.
In the interview, he said: "Oh my god, I caught her, I caught her" when he heard her through the listening device.
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He said: "Oh my god, oh my god. There's a man, there's a man. And then guess what I hear like a f****** nightmare? R&B music.
“I’m driving and I’m like, ‘Don’t have sex, Ana. Don’t have sex, Ana.’ I’m like, ‘Don’t do it,’ and I’m screaming.”
He said when he arrived at the apartment, he saw his wife and Barron kissing on the couch.
But, when asked what he saw there, he answered, “They were,” before pausing and sputtering out, “Nothing. I didn’t see, I don’t really, it was a blur.”
He says he felt like he was a passenger in his own body: “When I opened the door and saw what it was, that f****** broke my heart.
“To see her kissing Ray on my couch with his feet on my table with my wife.
"My money. My apartment. My life. In the house that my daughter sleeps in on the furniture that I put together. What do you expect a man to feel?
“‘Well, I guess that’s the end of my marriage.’ No! That’s my family.”
'I CAUGHT HER'
His wife and friend were found with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies on the 35th floor of an apartment high-rise known as Spire San Diego and were pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after.
Prosecutors say Abulaban confessed to police and his mother that he killed his wife and Barron and accused his wife of cheating.
When asked, Abulaban denied confessing to anything and could not explain why prosecutors claim he confessed.
Abulaban says he and his wife grew apart after they settled in San Diego. He blames the move and their lifestyle choices for their marriage’s failure.
He said: “That was part of the downfall.
“My wife wanted me to move her out here with her friends to a life where there’s taco Tuesday, women Wednesday, party Saturday, bar Sunday.”
But Ana’s childhood friend Cassie Conroy paints a different picture.
She said: “He’s a bad guy. There’s nothing good about him. He’s selfish. That’s all I can say — selfish.”
He’s a bad guy. There’s nothing good about him. He’s selfish. That’s all I can say — selfish.
But, he told FOX 5 that he’s “broken” and “devastated” that he’s lost his wife.
He said: “My goal was just to try to get ahold of my family.
“It was slipping through my fingers. I’m the loser here. I lost, I lost. I lost the love of my life, I lost the love of my life.
"Everybody I reach out to when I was going through this problem when I couldn’t get ahold of Ana: ‘Dude, you gotta leave her, you gotta leave her.’ I know I gotta leave her but I don’t want to leave her.
"‘Dude, you’re so handsome, you’re famous on the internet. You could get any model.’ I know I can but I don’t want to. I want my wife.”
Abulaban says his public defender knew about the interview and advised against it.
If convicted, prosecutors have the option to pursue the death penalty. His next court date is set for early next year.
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