On Monday, July 15, attorney Frank Manley made the motion to adjourn the murder trial of his client, Abdurrahman “Abdu” Ahmed Akl, 18, of Fenton Township.
Judge Richard Yuille of the Genesee County 7th Circuit Court granted the motion. As of press time the new date was not set.
This is the most recent delay in the local murder case that began with the shooting death of Brady Alan Morris in Akl’s home on March 4, 2017.
Akl has been waiting for a jury trial for more than a year after being bound over to Circuit Court on May 7, 2018.
The trial was also adjourned in May, and had been delayed for different reasons in district court since Akl was taken into custody. At that time in May, the court documents indicated there would be “no further adjournments.”
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.
With bond denied, Akl has remained in custody at the Genesee Valley Regional Center where he’s been since his arrest.
Akl was arraigned March 10, 2017, and he underwent competency exams. Evidence such as the police tapes were played in district court. He was eventually declared fit to stand trial.