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A trial date has finally been set for a TikTok star accused of shooting his estranged wife and her lover to death after he spied on them through their daughter’s iPad. 

Ali Abulaban, 29, who went by the handle JinnKid on social media, is accused of shooting his wife, Ana Abulaban, 28, and her friend Rayburn Cadenas Barron, 29 on October 21, 2021. 

Prosecutors said Ali, who has a history of domestic violence, had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his five-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment in San Diego and shot them to death. 

On Monday, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast told the court that Ali confessed to killing Ana and Rayburn to his mother and police, and at the time, he told his daughter that he ‘hurt mommy.’ 

He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, allegations of using a handgun, and a special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders. 

‘Jealous’ TikTok star, 31, will FINALLY go on trial for ‘shooting dead estranged wife and her lover after spying on them through their iPad – before issuing chilling words to their five-year-old daughter’

A trial date has been set for Ali Abulaban, 29, whose been accused of shooting his wife, Ana Abulaban, 28, and her friend Rayburn Cadenas Barron, 29 on October 21, 2021 

Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast told the court that Ali (right) confessed to killing Ana (left) and Rayburn to his mother and police, and at the time, he told his daughter that he 'hurt mommy'

Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast told the court that Ali (right) confessed to killing Ana (left) and Rayburn to his mother and police, and at the time, he told his daughter that he ‘hurt mommy’

Prosecutors said that the jealous Tiktoker believed that his wife was cheating on him with Rayburn (pictured), as Brast said that Ana and Ali had already been separated 'for quite some time' before that

Prosecutors said that the jealous Tiktoker believed that his wife was cheating on him with Rayburn (pictured), as Brast said that Ana and Ali had already been separated ‘for quite some time’ before that

Ali, who pleaded not guilty, remains in custody on bail and is expected in San Diego’s downtown Superior Court for a readiness hearing on Wednesday at 9am. 

It is unclear why it took so long to schedule the trial date. 

Around 3.10pm on the day of the slayings, police discovered both victims dead on the 35th floor of the Spire San Diego luxury apartment complex.  

Prosecutors said that the ‘jealous’ TikToker believed that his wife was cheating on him with Rayburn, as Brast said that Ana and Ali had already been separated ‘for quite some time’ before that.

According to Brast, Ana had asked her husband to move out on October 18 as he checked into a hotel. 

Three days later, Brast said, Ali sneaked back into the apartment and trashed it while his wife was gone. While he was there, she said that he also installed the listening app on his daughter’s iPad.

Prosecutors believe that Ali copied a key to Anna’s apartment and used it to get in. 

Ali then listened to the app hours later and heard his wife and a man talking and giggling, before he raced back to the high-rise, Brast said.

Security camera video showed him running out of the elevator on the 35th floor toward the apartment.

Brast said Ali shot Rayburn three times at close range – in the neck, cheek and back of the head – before he turned the gun on his wife, shooting her once in the forehead. 

After the shooting, prosecutors said that Ali went to pick up his five-year-old daughter from school with a loaded gun in the car. He told his daughter that he 'hurt mommy' before being arrested by police

After the shooting, prosecutors said that Ali went to pick up his five-year-old daughter from school with a loaded gun in the car. He told his daughter that he ‘hurt mommy’ before being arrested by police 

At the time of her death, Anna's heartbroken family created a GoFundMe page to help them with funeral expenses and the cost of bringing her body back to the Philippines

At the time of her death, Anna’s heartbroken family created a GoFundMe page to help them with funeral expenses and the cost of bringing her body back to the Philippines 

The suspect then called his mother and confessed, Brast said.

‘The defendant then fled the building, went to pick up his daughter from school, still had the loaded gun in his car,’ Brast said. ‘[He] told his daughter that he “hurt mommy” and then he was soon apprehended by the police.’ 

With his young daughter still in the car, Ali was stopped by police later that day and arrested, according to investigators. 

A couple that lived across the street from Ali and Anna at the time testified that about a month before the tragic incident, Ana had knocked on their door and asked them to call the police because her husband hit her. 

The neighbors said that Anna had asked to use their phone because Ali had taken hers away. 

Sgt. Christopher Leahy with the San Diego Police Department later testified that officers were called to the couple’s apartment on nine different occasions since July 2021. 

Ali was never arrested in connection to those incidents. 

He previously said that Anna and him grew apart after they settled in San Diego and that the move 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, and bar Sunday,’ Ali said. 

While he claimed that his estranged wife loved to party, her childhood friend Cassie Conroy said that wasn’t the case. 

‘He’s a bad guy. There’s nothing good about him. He’s selfish. That’s all I can say– selfish,’ Conroy told Fox 5

According to testimony, another friend of Anna’s told police that she had planned on getting a restraining order against Ali, but it was never filed.

According to testimony, another friend told police that Ana had planned on getting a restraining order against Ali, but it was never filed

According to testimony, another friend told police that Ana had planned on getting a restraining order against Ali, but it was never filed

Before the shootings, Ali had gained more than 940,000 followers on TikTok and had around 170,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel

His account featured comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface

Before the shootings, Ali had gained more than 940,000 followers on TikTok and had around 170,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. His account featured comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface

Before the shootings, Ali had gained more than 940,000 followers on TikTok and had around 170,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. 

His account featured comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface.

Just days before the shootings, Ali posted an audio trailer for his movie Montana: Scarface Prequel Film which he said was his ‘vision and desire to give the world a new Scarface story.’ 

At the time of her death, Anna’s heartbroken family created a GoFundMe page to help them with funeral expenses. 

‘Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a daughter, a sister, a mother in such a violent manner is unfathomable,’ the page said. 

In the most recent update, a family member said that Ana’s body would be sent back to her home in the Philippines. 

‘I am heartbroken this happened to such a beautiful soul. Ana is always in my school memories with her kind spirit and contagious laugh,’ a friend commented on the page that has raised more than $20,500.



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