Keith Norman, Forum News Service, Published October 03 2013
Jamestown man faces trial on attempted murder charge in machete assault
Said Ahmed Muse, 49, is accused of using a large knife or machete in an attack on Abdirizak Nur on June 8 in Jamestown. Abdirizak, 26, was treated for a deep cut to the left biceps and cuts to the hand, according to Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger.
Muse and Abdirizak were acquainted, Edinger said.
Muse previously made a court appearance July 22. At that time he indicated he wished to have an interpreter but did not wish to have an attorney. The hearing was continued until an interpreter could be arranged.
On Thursday, an interpreter translated Judge Thomas Merrick’s reading of the charges into Somali for Muse. At the end of the reading, Merrick asked if he understood the charges and possible penalties.
“Not really,” Muse said. “I didn’t aggravate nobody. I don’t understand. Explain who I aggravated and who I murdered.”
Merrick then directed William MacKenzie, Muse’s court-appointed attorney, to explain further.
The case will now be scheduled for a jury trial. Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state’s attorney, asked the court to set aside four days for the trial rather than the two days initially scheduled to allow extra time for the interpreter.
Muse remains in custody on $100,000 bond.
Attempted murder is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The criminal complaint indicates Muse may be deported if found guilty.