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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - On the same day his second murder trial was set to begin, a Rochester man entered a guilty plea today in a 2019 murder case.

Jury selection was scheduled to start today for the retrial of 33-year-old Muhidin Abukar, but instead, he admitted to a second-degree murder charge in connection with the "execution-style" slaying of 28-year-old Garad Roble. The Rochester man was found dead from nearly a dozen gunshot wounds on a rural southeast Rochester road in early March 2019.

Under the plea deal, the original charge of second-degree murder with intent was dropped and replaced with a count of second-degree murder without intent. A presentence investigation was ordered for Abukar, who will remain in jail without bail until his sentencing hearing.

Abukar was brought to trial on the original second-degree murder charge last December, but a mistrial was declared after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict after 18 hours of deliberations.  Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem later announced his office’s intent to hold another trial.

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Another man charged with Roble's death was convicted of second-degree murder in a trial held in April. 25-year-old Ayub Iman is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2.

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