Alexander Weiss Murder Trial Ends in Mistrial
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A mistrial has been declared in the Alexander Weiss murder trial.
Olmsted County Judge Joseph Chase made the determination after the jury in the case resumed deliberations after reporting they were at an impasse in the mid-afternoon following about 10 hours of deliberations. The apparent hung jury declaration came about two hours later.
The jurors began their deliberations Monday evening following the presentation of closing arguments over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Mohammed Rahim by the 26-year-old Weiss in January of last year. The shooting occurred during a confrontation that erupted after a minor traffic crash and resulted in a second-degree murder charge against Weiss, who claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense.
The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office will now decide if it wishes to pursue another trial on the same charge, seek a conviction on a different charge, or drop the case. A hearing on the case has been scheduled on the morning of June 6th.
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