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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A date has been scheduled for the second murder trial of a Rochester man.

An Olmsted County jury in December deliberated the case against 33-year-old Muhidin Abukar for 18 hours before declaring “an unresolvable impasse.” 

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A few weeks later, Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem confirmed he would file for a new trial. Court records show the case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing May 5th and the trial is set to begin with jury selection on May 16th.

Abukar has been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder stemming from the shooting death of 28-year-old Garad Roble in March 2019. The victim was found dead from nearly a dozen gunshot wounds along a rural road at the southeast edge of Rochester.

A second man charged in the case, Ayub Iman, is scheduled to stand trial in February.

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