The trial of a Rochester man charged in the shooting death of a 40-year-old man in March 2018 has been postponed.
Sao Yim Jr., 26, pleaded not guilty in May 2018 to second-degree murder-without intent and possession of ammo/firearm-conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence.
Yim was charged in connection with the shooting death of 40-year-old Ahmed Muafaq Abdulhussain Al Naddf on March 12, 2018, at the apartments at 2802 Charles Court N.W. in Rochester.
A jury trial on the charges was scheduled to begin on Tuesday. During a pretrial hearing in Olmsted County District Court, defense attorney Lauri Traub told Judge Kathy Wallace that the trial would need to be continued to a later date. Traub said outside of court the delay was caused by a change in defense counsel.
A new trial date was not set, but a tentative February date was given.
A second man, Eric Tyler Lee, was convicted in 2018 of a felony count of aiding an offender for his involvement in the incident. Judge Lisa Hayne sentenced Lee to 15 months in prison, stayed for 10 years. Lee took Al Naddf’s phone, which was later found hidden in an apartment heating vent along with a .22 caliber handgun.