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Suspect in city shooting headed directly to trial

By Lethbridge Herald on May 20, 2022.

Delon Shurtz
Lethbridge Herald

A preliminary hearing for a Toronto man accused of killing a Lethbridge man more than two years ago, has been cancelled and the accused will go directly to trial.

Mohamud Omar Dhiblawe was scheduled to begin a three-day preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court, but instead his lawyer, Akram Attia of Calgary, said he was instructed to waive the hearing and consent to committal on the single charge of second-degree murder.

Dhiblawe, who is in custody in Regina, did not appear in court Wednesday, and his matter was adjourned for arraignment on June 13 in Lethbridge provincial court.

Dhiblawe’s charge stems from a shooting in Lethbridge Feb. 6, 2020. Just after 10:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 200 block of University Drive West. Officers found the body of a 35-year-old man inside the home, and it was transported to the Calgary medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Police said Dhiblawe and the victim knew each other, and following a verbal dispute over drugs, the man was shot.

The suspect fled before police arrived, but Dhiblawe was arrested the following month during an unrelated drug bust at a residence in Regina, Sask.

Dhiblawe was temporarily brought back to Alberta shortly after he was arrested, but has since been remanded in Regina.

He is also charged in connection with a murder in Edmonton on Feb. 8, 2020. Mohamed Ahmed Makaran, 32, was shot and killed in an apartment suite on McConachie Boulevard.

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