Alexander Weiss to be Retried on 2nd-Degree Murder Charge

June 06, 2019 07:22 PM

(ABC 6 News) - One month ago a mistrial was declared in the 2nd-degree murder trial of Alexander Weiss.  Thursday, both parties were back at the Olmsted County courthouse to decide what happens next.

During the brief pre-trial hearing the Olmsted County Attorney's Office said they "intent to go forward" with a new trial.  This after a deadlocked jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in May.

Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said, "We want to go forward and do this again."

The charges stem from a January 2018 morning when a minor traffic collision in northeast Rochester that led to a verbal altercation and 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim was shot and killed.

The County Attorney's Office argued Alexander Weiss's actions unreasonably and unnecessarily escalated a verbal argument by bringing out his gun, which he used to shoot Rahim.

Weiss maintains he acted out of self-defense and said he felt threatened by Rahim and the passengers in his vehicle.

Both Ostrem and Weiss's attorney, James McGeeney, said finding an impartial jury, despite the media coverage on the case, shouldn't be an issue.

"This case has been a high profile case from the day it happened there was a lot of media coverage locally and even more regionally on this case and despite that we really didn't have any trouble finding an impartial jury and I don't think we're going to have any difficulty going forward,” said Ostrem.

McGeeney agreed saying, “I think that we could probably find another impartial jury. Olmsted County is big there's over 100 thousand residents."

A new trial date has not been set but the court said late September or early October is the earliest proceedings could begin.


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