The murder trial of a Buffalo man accused of fatally beating his 10-year-old stepson in April has begun in State Supreme Court.
Prosecuters says Ali-Mohamed Mohamud tied up Abdifatah Mohamud in the basement of their Guilford Street home, stuffed a sock into his mouth and covered it with duct tape, and then beat the boy about 70 times with a wooden rolling pin.
The fifth-grader suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs, and dozens of bodily injuries.
Following opening statements this morning, the boy's mother and stepbrother took the witness stand. According to a Buffalo News account, both testified that they had never before seen the stepfather act violently toward 10-year-old 'Adbi.'
Mohamud supposedly confessed his crime to Buffalo police, in statements that will be allowed in court.