Mohamud Trial: Jurors Watch Crime Scene Video

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Day two of the trial against Ali Mohamad Mohamud continued Tuesday morning.

Mohamud is accused of beating his 10-year-old stepson, Abdifatah Mohamad, to death in April of this year. Abdi's body was found in the basement of the family's home.

Prosecutors called Detective Michael Mordino back to the stand.

Mordino testified about the injuries he saw on Abdifatah. He said Abdi's arms were covered with bruises. Mordino also testified there were ligature marks from being tied with an electrical chord.

Mordino also said Abdi' was so badly beaten, there was a golf ball size hole in the back of the head and a piece of his skull on the floor near the body.

Jurors watched a 12-minute gruesome video of the crime scene. Mohamud kept his head down almost the entire time.

The video started outside the house, then went inside.

The camera took a close look at two rolling pins prosecutors say Mohamud used to beat his stepson. Mordino testified both of those rolling pins had dents in them.

Next, the video showed a child's play area on the first floor, and bedroom with a door bashed in.

The tape also showed a bathroom with water on the ground and a soaked towel. Prosecutors say Mohamud submerged Abdifatah in water and stabbed him before the beating.

The video then turned to a stairwell, where bloody footprints were marked as evidence.

Loved ones cried as the video turned to Abdi's body. The 10-year-old boy was laying on his side in a pool of blood, with his head twisted up.

Blood splatters were shown throughout the basement -- some on the wall next to Abdi's body. Other splatters reached the pipes on the ceiling.

The video also showed a garbage bag with clothes, duct-taped and the two socks prosecutors say Mohamud shoved into Abdi's mouth to muffle his screams.

Defense attorney Kevin Spitler objected to portions of the video and about a dozen of the pictures being shown. Spitler said the images were so inflammatory, it could sway the jury to convict someone who should be acquitted.

Before the jury came in, information also came to light about a possible defense.

Kevin Spitler said it is possible he will seek an Extreme Emotional Disturbance charge. 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.

Watch Eyewitness News at 5 and 6 pm for the latest on the trial.