After two years and seven months, the murder trial of Abdurrahman “Abdu” Ahmed Akl was to begin Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Genesee County 7th Circuit Court.
However, despite a previous ruling that there would be no more adjournments, Judge Richard
Yuille set a new date to hear this case for Dec. 3.
Akl is charged with the fatal shooting of Brady Alan Morris on March 4, 2017 at Akl’s family home on Lake Fenton in Fenton Township.
If Akl is found guilty as charged, “He could be sentenced to life without parole or he could be sentenced to a term of years with 25-40 years as a minimum,” said John Potbury, deputy chief assistant prosecutor for Genesee County on Monday, Sept. 30.
Akl, now 18, was 16 when the shooting occurred. Morris also was 16. Akl was arrested the night of the shooting and with bond denied, he has been in custody at the Genesee Valley Regional Center ever since.
According to investigative reports from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 11 p.m. on March 4, 2017, Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies and the Fenton Police Department were dispatched to 14170 Moffett Dr. in Fenton Township in response to a 911 call regarding a male with a gunshot wound to the head.
Akl was immediately taken into custody and a semi-automatic pistol was found on the front porch and secured by police.
The two teens, who were reportedly friends, were alone on the first floor of the residence when the shooting occurred. Other members of Akl’s family and one other guest were on the second and third floors.
According to the autopsy report, it appears that Morris was shot from behind at point blank range on the top left side of his head.
Tim Jagielo contributed to this article.