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Weiss takes the stand on day five of second-degree murder trial

UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.

After the 2 p.m. lunch break Weiss continued to detail  what happened leading up to shooting and killing Muhammad Rahim.

Weiss spoke about how he felt after shooting at Rahim, “My body felt heavy, my mind fuzzy.” Weiss also said he was trained to always protect his weapon in fire arm training, so when Rahim went for his gun he shot him.

McGeeney, the defense attorney, asked Weiss why he carries a weapon. Weiss said, “I carry a firearm because I don’t trust I can fight.” He also spoke about living in Northwest Rochester at Summit Square, and the violence that took place.

In cross examination prosecutors asked Weiss if he knew if Minnesota was a stand your ground state, and also brought up a bumper sticker on his car that read, “Gun Control means hitting your target”

The next to take the stand was Noah Dukart, a passenger in the car, who described his relationship with Rahim as very close. Defense asked him about the prescription Xanax pills he took the night before. Dukart said he was not prescribed the pills and when he takes it makes feel him like he doesn’t care about anything.

In most of the questions asked by McGeeney, Dukart replied with “I don’t recall.”

Dukart did say that Rahim did not say anything, or do anything to Weiss when Weiss shot him.

Judge Chase said final arguments will be made Tuesday, and the jury will have the case by that evening.

Proceedings are set to resume Monday at 9 a.m. with a Rochester Police Department investigator due on the stand.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — Friday morning marked day five of the murder retrial of Alexander Weiss. With the courtroom filled, Weiss took the stand as the first defense witness. He is charged with second-degree murder.

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.

Ubah Ali

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