Did you hear the one about the man with a Muslim name who allegedly shot a total stranger at a Southwest Missouri bus station less than 48 hours ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States? If not, you’ve probably been relying too heavily upon the mainstream media for your news.
Mohamed H. Dawod is scheduled to stand trial April 16 in 31st Judicial District Judge Dan Conklin’s courtroom in Springfield, Mo.
Twenty-five years old at the time of the shooting, Dawod faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sept. 8, 2011, shooting death of Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He’ll be represented by Stuart Paul Huffman, a defense attorney who makes his living in the Show-Me State’s third-largest city of almost 160,000.
When I decided to update my coverage of this story, the only new item I discovered was that Dawod is, according to online court records, scheduled to be visited in his Greene County Jail cell March 8 and 9 by Dr. Thomas Blansett. The purpose(s) of the visits and/or whether or not they took place is not indicated in the list of docket entries online. One can assume, however, that the local psychologist might be assessing Dawod’s mental state for purposes of determining whether or not he was in his “right mind” at the time of the shooting.
Strangely, the only national coverage I’ve found related to the case appeared Feb. 24 in a round-up article in which Daniel Pipes examines eight killings in the United States of non-Muslims by Muslims that have gone unnoticed by the major media. His accurate summary of the Dawod case appears below:
Sep. 8, 2011: As Justin Hall, 32, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was about to board a Greyhound bus in Springfield, Mo., Mohamed H. Dawod, 25, of Glendale, Ariz., shot him in the back. Dawod tried to fire more shots but his pistol, a .22-cal. semi-automatic, jammed, at which point other passengers subdued him. The attack appeared to be unprovoked. Police are seeking a motive. They charged Dawod with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting.
UPDATE 4/1/2013 at 8:41 a.m. Central: It appears another incident of Muslim Jihad took place in Ashtabula, Ohio, Sunday. In this case, however, the shooter knew his victim.
UPDATE 4/15/2013 at 9:50 p.m. Central: Instead of a trial, it appears a pre-trial hearing was held. During that hearing, a review of Dawod’s medical evaluation took place. No new trial date has been set.
UPDATE 4/17/2013 at 8:43 p.m. Central: According to a new docket entry posted Monday, Dawod’s defense attorney filed a motion for a psychiatric exam to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I ask that you please READ and SHARE my extensive coverage of the Dawod case, because the national news media certainly will not. Headline links to my articles appear below in chronological order, oldest to newest:
• Podcast of My Appearance on Aaron Klein Show (Oct. 3, 2011);
• Whatever Happened to the Alleged Bus Station Shooter? (July 30, 2012).
Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. It chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.