An October trial date has been set for the Rochester man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy. A jury could not agree on a verdict in his first trial.
The second trial for Alexander Weiss is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 14 in Olmsted County District Court. A pretrial date is scheduled for October 10.
Weiss, 26, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Muhammed Rahim. Rahim was shot and killed on Jan. 14, 2018, following a minor automobile crash involving Weiss’ Subaru and the Chevrolet Cavalier Rahim was driving. Following the crash, a confrontation ensued.
A five-day trial was held in May. After approximately 12 hours of deliberation, the eight women and four men of the jury informed Judge Joseph Chase that they could not agree on a unanimous verdict. A mistrial was declared.
Weiss claims he acted in self defense when he shot and killed Rahim. Throughout the course of his May trial, Weiss did not dispute that he caused Rahim’s death.
Weiss has been on pre-trial release with a $200,000 unconditional bond and a $75,000 conditional bond.