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Weiss trial continues into day four

OCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Day four of the murder retrial for Rochester man, Alexander Weiss has officially wrapped Thursday about 4:30 p.m., making a busy day with prosecutors calling more witnesses to the stand.

Weiss shot and killed 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a car crash in northeast Rochester in January 2018. In May 2019, Weiss pleaded not guilty by means of self defense – but with jurors unable to reach a verdict, it was a mistrial.

Wednesday saw opening arguments and the first round of prosecution witnesses including several police officers.

Thursday morning – prosecutors called more police witnesses. The jury also saw two separate surveillance videos and heard a recording of a 911 call from the day of the incident.

A woman who was on her way to church and witnessed the shooting also testified, along with Rahim’s sister who spoke of their close relationship.

Thursday afternoon, two of the three passengers inside Rahim’s car recounted the night before the before and the morning of the incident. Both admitted to using drugs the night before. Defense argued that some statements given from the passenger witnesses didn’t align with original statements given to investigators.

Dr. Peter Lin, the man who performed the autopsy also testified Thursday, confirming Rahim died from a gunshot wound.

Wrapping up a day full of testimony, Rochester Police officer and lead investigator of the case Gene Valare described the first steps of the investigation – from interviews with firsthand witnesses, to obtaining Weiss’s cell phone and what evidence the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension gathered.

Court resumes Friday morning at 9. With a full line up of testimony – the BCA bringing in DNA evidence and for the first defense witness – Weiss himself is expected to testify tomorrow.

Regardless of what is accomplished in court Friday, trial will continue into next week, as several defense witnesses are not available until Monday.

Beret Leone

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