The man suspected of shooting and killing 46-year-old Hassan Alawsi told FOX40 Monday he did not kill the Sacramento Muslim man.
“I do not hate Muslims, or anyone for that matter” Jeffrey “Michael” Caylor told FOX40 in a jailhouse interview. “I was not at Home Depot that night.”
Alawsi was shot to death in March in the Home Depot parking lot off of Florin Road just past 7 p.m.
In the eight minutes that investigators believe Caylor circled the parking lot in his girlfriend’s teal Buick, the lead detective on the case tells FOX40 Caylor was stalking Alawsi.
“He had no history with Alawsi, but he knew they were Muslim because his sister was wearing a headscarf,” a sheriff’s department source told FOX40.
Investigators also tell FOX40 that Caylor’s girlfriend, Kari Hamilton, and her 12-year-old son were also in the vehicle at the time they believe Caylor shot Alawsi with a 9 millimeter handgun. The gun and the car are both registered to Hamilton, according to investigators.
Hamilton is in custody at the Sacramento County Jail for other crimes the couple allegedly committed on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
She denied our request for a jailhouse interview.
Caylor faces murder charges, along with attempted murder charges for another crime committed at the In-N-Out Market and Liquor store in Carmichael Just one day after Alawsi’s death. Investigators say he attempted to fire three shots at the store clerk, but all three misfired.
“I might start to recall more once my lawyer is present,” Caylor told FOX40.
Alawsi’s family returned to Iraq on Sunday.
A neighbor tells FOX40 his body will return to Iraq as well at 10 p.m. Monday night.