Nearly two years after he allegedly shot and killed a stranger at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Mo., Mohamed H. Dawod (a.k.a., the “Show-Me Jihad” murder suspect) is set to make another appearance before 31st Judicial District Court Judge Dan Conklin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Central.
Unreported by any traditional news media as of this posting, the hearing comes almost four months after Dawod, a 25-year-old resident of Glendale, Ariz., at the time of the shooting, pleaded “not guilty” due to insanity to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Since entering that plea, according to docket entries, Dawod has undergone at least one court-ordered mental examination. Now, the question is, “Will the judge buy it?”
In a piece 13 months ago, I listed several factors that should raise doubts:
FIRST, the suspect and his victim, a fellow passenger on a bus traveling from Amarillo, Texas, did not to know each other, according to witnesses – including the victim’s traveling buddy and other passengers who were preparing to board the bus for the last leg of the journey to St. Louis;
SECOND, according to at least one witness, Dawod shouted something in the air — perhaps, “Alluh Akbar,” the cry that’s been heard coming from the mouths of so many Islamic extremists moments before they suffer from so-called “sudden jihad syndrome” — before shooting his victim;
THIRD, the shooting took place barely 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States; and
FOURTH, local police officials were quick to say the shooting appeared to be random, according to a report in the Springfield News-Leader.
Stay tuned to see how this hearing and the rest of the Dawod case turns out. To read more about the case, click here.
UPDATE 8/15/2013 at 6:36 p.m. Central: ‘Show-Me Jihad’ Murder Suspect Committed to Mental Institution
UPDATE 8/14/2013 at 5:33 p.m. Central: Shortly after 5 p.m. today, I visited the CaseNet website for an update on today’s Dawod hearing in Springfield. Unfortunately, the same search criteria I have always used to search for case information yielded the following result: Your query returned no matches to be viewed at this site. Please try another search or contact the court directly. Makes me wonder if another Missouri Muslim murder suspect might soon walk free as one did in Warrensburg, Mo., earlier this month.