Chapel Hill Shooter Pleads Guilty To Wife’s Murder

Ali Cherfaoui pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Monday in the 2012 killing of his estranged wife.

Authorities say Cherfaoui shot Chahnaz Kebaier multiple times while she was waiting to pick up her children outside Scroggs Elementary.

Cherfaoui fled from police and was arrested after a brief chase. Kebaier died at UNC Hospitals two hours later.

With the guilty plea, Cherfaoui will serve up to 42 years in prison. He has already pleaded to second-degree kidnapping, discharging a weapon on school property, and possession of a weapon on school property.

2012 Elementary School Murder Suspect Enters Plea No. 2 of Four

Additional reporting by Sarah Headley

The man accused of shooting his estranged wife to death in May 2012 outside Mary Scroggs Elementary School pleaded guilty to discharging a firm arm on educational property Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

Ali Cherfaoui

Ali Cherfaoui

Ali Cherfaoui of Carrboro was apprehended near 15-501 and Raleigh Road (NC-54) after officers, based on 911 calls, suspected him of shooting Chahnaz Kebaier just after 2:00 p.m. outside the school. Kebaier’s friend, Emily Martine, was the first to run into the school asking for help, saying her friend was just shot in front of her.

Tuesday’s guilty plea adds 23 to 37 months in prison to his first guilty plea of  possession of a weapon on school property. He made that plea on September 2 when he was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

Cherfaoui’s guilty plea is part two of a four part plea series. He was also charged with one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of first-degree murder. Cherfaoui will appear in court again on October 14.

Cherfaoui and Kebaier had two children together who both attended Mary Scroggs. A judge ruled shortly after the killing that the children would live with Kebaier’s parents in Tunisia on the African continent.

Ali Cherfaoui To Appear In Court Tuesday

HILLSBOROUGH – The man charged with first degree murder and the possession of and discharging of a firearm on educational property appears in court again Tuesday.

Ali Cherfaoui allegedly shot his estranged wife, Chahnaz Kebaier, multiple times outside Mary Scroggs Elementary School on May 25 just before school let out. Kebaier was shot multiple times in the head and body and died at UNC Hospitals two hours after the shooting.

Cherfaoui could face the death penalty or life in prison. He’s also being held under a domestic protective order, which means he is not permitted to have contact with his children or with the victim’s family.