Murder conviction in Edmonton Somali slaying

Posted on Mar 5 2011 - 12:05am by News Desk

dynamic_resizeOne of two men accused of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Somali man at a city park has been found guilty.

Abdikadir (Abdi) Abdow, 24, was convicted in Court of Queens Bench Friday morning of first-degree murder.

Co-accused Mohamed Abdilla Awaleh, 38, was cleared of the murder charge but convicted of kidnapping.

Court heard victim Mohamed (Malik) Farah Khalif, 20, was forcibly confined at a north-side apartment on the night of April 25, 2009.

Abdow — armed with a rifle — later put the victim in a car and drove to Hermitage Park, court heard. Once at the northeast Edmonton park, Abdow shot Khalif dead.

Abdow will receive an automatic life sentence, however a hearing is to be held next Friday to determine how long he must serve before being eligible for parole.

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Edmonton Sun