The second trial for a Rochester man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old following a car crash is set to begin Monday in Olmsted County District Court.

Alexander Weiss has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in connection with a Jan. 14, 2018, confrontation with Muhammed Rahim. The incident followed an automobile crash involving Weiss’ Subaru and the Chevrolet Cavalier Rahim was driving. Weiss did not dispute that he caused Rahim’s death but claims he acted in self-defense.

Following a weeklong trial this spring, during which Weiss testified in his own defense, a 12-member jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision and a mistrial was declared.

A brief pretrial hearing was held Thursday morning. 

During the hearing, Weiss' attorney, James McGeeney, told Judge Joseph Chase that he expected jury selection to take longer this time as more people are likely to have read about the case because of previous media coverage.

A more in-depth conference was scheduled to be held in judge's chambers Friday morning. On Monday, McGeeney and Chief Deputy Olmsted County attorney Eric Woodford will address any outstanding motions before jury selection is expected to begin.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.