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Weiss retrial testimony concludes, closing arguments Tuesday

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Testimony for the murder retrial of Rochester man, Alexander Weiss concluded Monday.

He shot and killed 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a car crash in north east Rochester in January 2018. In May, Weiss pleaded not guilty by means of self defense, but the jury couldn’t reach a decision and the judge declared a mistrial.

Monday morning lead investigator Gene Valare took the stand. He provided body cam footage from when he went back to the shooting scene and spoke with a witness in attempt to accurately recount what she saw.

Also taking the stand, Rochester Police Sargent Eric Boynton – who first questioned both Weiss and Noah Dukart, one of the passengers inside Rahim’s car. Boynton testified that Dukart asked Weiss that day if he “wanted to fight” and that it would be “two on one.” Earlier Weiss testified Rahim tried to grab his gun, which he says lead to the shooting. Boynton’s testimony included Dukart saying Rahim could have tried to grab Weiss’s gun but Dukart didn’t see it happen.

Weiss’s attorney, Jim McGeeney says there are three ways tomorrow could play out.

“They could find Mr. Weiss. not guilty, what’s known as an acquittal,” McGeeney said. “They could find him guilty, which would be a conviction or they could have another deadlock jury, The jury has to be unanimous. All twelve jurors need to agree one way or another.”

Closing arguments begin Tuesday at 9 a.m. After that, the jury deliberates. If they can’t reach a decision, Judge Joseph Chase says they will be sequestered overnight.


Beret Leone

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