Mohamud Jury Listens to Confession

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - An emotionally draining day in court for the family of a 10-year-old boy who prosecutors say was beaten to death by his stepfather.

Ali Mohamad Mohamud is standing trial for the death of Abdifatah Mohamad. He's charged with second degree murder.

On Tuesday, prosecutors lay out the final hours of 10-year-old Abdifatah's life.

Fadumo Mohamad, a family friend, said "We cry and we are here for mom."

The day began with gruesome pictures and a video of the crime scene.

Starting outside the house, the tape lead the jury inside.

The tape focused on two rolling pins in the kitchen, which prosecutors say were used to kill Abdifatah.

Jurors then saw Abdi's body. Family members broke out in tears.

Fadumo said it was "very hard. Crying and we have kids so we feel that."

Abdi laid on his side in a pool of blood. His neck was twisted. Blood splatters reached the ceiling and the wall next to him.

Detective Michael Mordino described a golf ball sized hole in Abdi's head, which was also shown in a picture. A piece of skull lay next to the body on the floor.

Then, Homicide Detective Sergeant James Longeran read Mohamud's confession to Buffalo police.

Mohamud told officers "he was lying to me everyday. I killed him."

In the confession, Mohamud said Abdi wouldn't do his homework and tried to run away.

After a neighbor helped return Abdi home, Mohamud said Abdi kept trying to escape from the house. Mohamud then put Abdi in the basement, taping his mouth shut with duct-tape.

However, Abdi kept running around and screaming. Mohamud says he bound his hands with electrical chord and shoved a sock in his mouth to muffle the screams.

Abdi then kicked his stepfather in the groin. That's when Mohamud says he got a rolling pin from the kitchen. He beat Abdi until he collapsed., only breaking to change the sock in his mouth after the boy vomited.

The defense tried poking holes in the confession, asking why it was not videotaped.

Defense Attorney Kevin Spitler asked if there could have been any inaccuracies in the confession.

Spitler also hinted at a possible Extreme Emotional Disturbance defense.

The hope is that Mohamud will be convicted of first degree manslaughter instead of second degree murder.

Prosecutor Kevin Finnerty objected to the possibility of any psych-related defense because he never got any notice.

During cross-examination on Monday, Spitler asked questions about Mohamud's state of mind before Abdi's homicide and afterwards.

However, Spitler said whether or not they take that route depends on what witnesses have to say.

Judge Christopher Burns said he will make a ruling on an as-need basis.