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Abdifatah MohamudAbdifatah Mohamud was a smart, handsome 10 year-old Muslim-American boy with a winning smile who was brutally beaten to death by his stepfather. He himself called 911 for help from his stepfather numerous times, and had run away for help from a neighbor. The brutality of the killing was such that it shocked even veteran police and forensic professionals. His stepfather was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life.

Ali Mohamad Mohamud Sentenced to 25 Years to Life

by Rachel Elzufon
November 15, 2012
Source: WKBW Buffalo, NY

The man who tied up, tortured and murdered his 10-year-old stepson in April received the maximum sentence Thursday morning.

Ali Mohamad Mohamud was sentence to 25 years to life in prison.

For the first time Ali Mohamad Mohamud spoke -- shortly before Judge Christopher Burns handed down the sentence.

Mohamud was convicted of stabbing, drowning, binding and beating Abdifatah Mohamad to death in their Buffalo home.   Read More

Mohamud Convicted of Murdering Stepson

by WBFO Newsroom
October 18, 2012
Source: WBFO News

A jury this afternoon convicted the Buffalo man who has been standing trial for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson.

Jurors took less than three hours to find 41-year-old Ali-Mohamad Mohamud guilty of second-degree murder, after closing arguments were presented this morning.

The defendant’s stepson, Abdifatah Mohamud, was beaten about 70 times with a wooden rolling pin last April 17 in the basement of the family’s Guilford Street home. Many of those blows were to the boy’s head. A Medical Examiner likened the injuries to a fall from a four-story building onto concrete.

Mohamud admitted to the brutal attack in a police confession that same day. Defense lawyer Kevin Spitler admitted the fatal beating, but argued there was no intent to kill, saying the stepfather was trying to control the son.   Read More

Defense Rests Case Without Witnesses

by Rich Newberg
Posted by: Emily Lenihan
October 17, 2012
Source: WIVB Buffalo, NY

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns has denied a request by the attorneys representing Ali Mohamed Mohamud to have the jury consider a lesser charge in the murder of the man’s stepson 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud.

The prosecution and defense rested their cases Wednesday afternoon, in Ali Mohamed Mohamud’s murder trial. The defense did not call a single witness to the stand. Attorneys will deliver their closing arguments Thursday, before the jury is charged.

Very disturbing testimony Wednesday morning, so disturbing that Abdi’s mother chose to leave the courtroom when autopsy photographs of her son were about to be shown to the jury. You can see the pain on her face outside the courtroom, in the included photo.

Erie County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Diane Vertes told the jury the 10-year-old boy died of a massive beating, and had been stabbed, strangled and nearly drowned leading up to his violent death.   Read More

Prosecution: Man Drowned, Stabbed, Beat Stepson

by Rachel Elzufon
October 15, 2012
Source: WKBW News: Buffalo, NY

Prosecutors reveal new details in the beating death of 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud, in the opening statements in the trial of his stepfather.

A graphic and emotional trial for the jury has begun -- as they get ready to decide if Ali Mohamad Mohamud is guilty of second degree murder.

The prosecution says Mohamud beat his stepson, after drowning him in a bathtub and stabbing him in the arm.

Mohamud allegedly tied Abdifatah’s hands together with an electrical chord, shoved a sock in his mouth and duct-taped it shut.

Prosecutor John Feroleto says Abdifatah “could not scream for help, could not yell out in pain. He was powerless to stop this man from taking his life.”   Read More

After 10 Year Old’s Death, Family “Going Through Hell”

by Kendra Eaglin
April 18, 2011
Source: WKBW News: Buffalo, NY

The family of 10 year old murder victim Abdifatah Mohamud did not want to appear on camera. But the victim's older brother tells Eyewitness News this is the worst thing a human being can ever experience and describes it as hell.

Another family member tells Eyewitness News the victim’s cries for help may have gone unanswered.

Forty year old Ali Mohamad Mohamud is behind bars charged with the gruesome murder of his stepson Abdifatah.

“The suspect made a statement to police indicating his involvement in the death of his stepson the 10 year old victim,” said chief Dennis Richards of the Buffalo Police Department.

Investigators say Mohamud admitted to binding up the 10 year old, stuffing a sock in his mouth and covering it with duct tape before beating him to death.   Read More



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