Ali Mohamad Mohamud Trial to Start Monday

October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Rachel Elzufon

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October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Erie County Court now has a jury set to look at the case against the man accused of beating his stepson to death.

The trial against Ali Mohamad Mohamud has been set to begin on Monday.

Attorneys and a judge went through nearly 160 possible jurors until finding a group of eight men and four women to listen to the case.

Mohamud is accused of shoving a sock in his stepson's mouth, duct-taping it shut and beating him to death with a rolling pin.

His stepson, Abditafah, was just 10-years-old.

The jury consists of eight men and four women. Three alternate jurors were selected as well.

Prosecutor Thomas Finnerty told potential jurors that because this is a second degree murder case, he will focus on proving Mohamud wanted to kill his stepson. However, a second degree murder charge does not require premeditation.

Finnerty also told people in jury selection that DNA will be examined, but Finnerty stresses it will not be a case decided by DNA evidence.

Jurors will look at graphic video and photographs of the crime scene, and listen to testimony about an alleged confession to police and statements to other people.

40-year-old Mohamud is from Somalia and worked as a security guard at The Buffalo News.

The murder sparked outrage, as questions came to light about possible child abuse in the household.

However, that's evidence attorneys say will not be the focal point of the case -- if it's entered at all.

The defense strategy remains unclear.

The trial is expected to be short. Judge Christopher Burns told jurors he expects it to wrap up by Friday.

Jurors will not be sequestered in this case.

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