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Prosecutors want one trial for men accused in fatal Moorhead shooting

The "exact same" evidence would be presented in the trials of Idris Abdillahi Haji-Mohamed, of Rochester, Minnesota, and Ibrahim Abdiaziz Isaac, 30, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, according to court filings.

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From left, Ibrahim Isaac and Idris Haji-Mohamed
Clay County Jail
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MOORHEAD — Prosecutors want two men accused in a fatal September shooting at a Moorhead apartment complex to be tried in court together.

The cases of Idris Abdillahi Haji-Mohamed , of Rochester, Minnesota, and Ibrahim Abdiaziz Isaac, 30, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, are intertwined enough for the two to be joined for the same trial, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton wrote in his motion filed Monday, May 2, to join the two cases.

Haji-Mohamed has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the Sept. 10 death of 32-year-old Abdi Mohamed Abdi in an apartment parking lot at 17th Street South and 30th Avenue South. Prosecutors alleged Haji-Mohamed shot Abdi multiple times while chasing him down in the parking lot.

Isaac was charged with aiding and abetting after police determined Isaac drove Haji-Mohamed and an unidentified person from St. Cloud to the Fargo-Moorhead area the day of the shooting. Isaac also bought a black 2015 Chrysler 200 and gave the vehicle to Haji-Mohamed, according to court documents.

The Chrysler was identified as the one used in the shooting, police said.

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When the two arrived back in St. Cloud, Isaac kept and registered the Chrysler, court documents said. Ammunition used in the shooting matched bullets found in Isaac’s apartment, according to a court document. Melton suggested in court filings Isaac provided Haji-Mohamed with bullets used in the shooting.

The “exact same” evidence would be produced at both Isaac’s and Haji-Mohamed’s trials, Melton wrote in his brief.

Meanwhile, Isaac’s attorney, Justin Braulick, plans to ask Judge Michelle Lawson to dismiss the case against Isaac. The defense argued investigators lacked probable cause to search Isaac’s apartment for evidence.

Melton, Braulick and Haji-Mohamed’s attorney, James McGeeney, did not return messages left by The Forum.

Isaac remains in custody at the Clay County Jail on a $3 million bond. Haji-Mohamed posted a bond of $1,750,000 on Dec. 10.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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