Man charged in beating death of acquaintance

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A 63-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in the death of an acquaintance.

Bashir Yusuf Jama admitted to police that he used a piece of metal construction material and beat Jama Adan Mohamed, 86, in Mohamed’s apartment at 1225 Eighth Street South, according to the complaint (PDF) filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Bail was set at $500,000 and his next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19.

According to the criminal complaint, Mohamed’s daughter arrived at his apartment about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and found him on the floor with wounds to his head and upper torso. Video from the building’s elevator showed Jama getting off on the ninth floor and heading to Mohamed’s apartment. Relatives of the victim said he and Jama were acquaintances, the complaint states.

Jama eventually admitted to killing Mohamed because he felt a group of people were ostracizing him and he felt Mohamed was the leader of this group, so he went to the apartment to confront him, according to the complaint.