Man accused of strangling ex-wife, covering in fire accelerant will face August trial

Yasir Darraji makes his first court appearance
Yasir Darraji makes his first court appearance. Copyright 4 News Now

SPOKANE, Wash. — The man accused of strangling his ex-wife to death and lighting her car on fire will face a jury this summer.

On Monday, Yasir Darraji pleaded not guilty and a judge set his trial for August.

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Darraji has been charged with murder in Ibithal Darraji’s death.

In early February, police and firefighters responded to a car fire near Thornton Murphy Park. Once the fire was put out, they found Ibithal’s body inside the car, covered in fire accelerent.

Court records showed Ibithal had expressed concern to her employer about her safety. A friend told police that Ibithal and Yasir had divorced, but Yasir had grown angry by some of her actions since their separation.

Since their divorce, Yasir had started a new relationship. According to court records, that woman told police Yasir had assaulted her several times before. Documents indicate she told police he strangled her, had threatened to kill her on multiple occasions and had attempted to kill their baby by punching her in the abdomen when she was pregnant.

According to court documents, Yasir threatened his girlfriend by saying he would burn down her mother’s home and kept a two gallon gas can on his back porch.

Yasir continues to be held in the Spokane County Jail on a $2 million bond.

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