Murder convictions in two separate cases

Friday, July 22, 2016

Two men were convicted of murder in two separate deaths, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

A jury Wednesday convicted Ahmed Abdi of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Ayan Abdulahi, on April 11, 2015.  A sentencing date has not been set.

The Abdi trial took just over a week and the jury deliberated for about five hours before reaching its decision late Wednesday afternoon.  Abdi, who was 17 years old at the time, shot Abdulahi in the head while she was lying on a bed in Abdi’s room at 2440 Portland Ave. S. in Minneapolis. He was seen running out the back door and fled to Kansas City, Mo., where he later was arrested.

On Monday, Michael Gallagher pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing his 89-year-old mother, Patricia.  However, a court-appointed psychologist stated that Gallagher was mentally ill at the time of the murder and because of that mental illness, he did not know his behavior was wrong. The court is reviewing the psychologist’s report and will issue an order regarding that issue sometime next week.

On Dec. 18, Michael Gallagher called police to his mother’s downtown apartment and said he had killed his mother. When police arrived, they found Patricia Gallagher dead from blows to the head from a sculpture and strangulation. Michael Gallagher, 63, told police he did it because he was upset by all the bed bugs in her apartment and his inability to get rid of them.