FARGO, N.D. - The brother of a man accused of attacking 10 people at a central Minnesota mall before being killed by an off-duty police officer won't be released from jail in Fargo to attend the funeral.
East Central Judicial District Judge Thomas Olson on Wednesday refused to temporarily release from jail 27-year-old Abdullahi Adan, of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is the brother of Dahir Ahmed Adan, who authorities have accused of going on a knife attack Saturday at the mall in St. Cloud.
Court records show Abdullahi Adan pleaded not guilty to two felony drug counts in July. He is being held at the Cass County Jail after being arrested for drugs back in June of this year in Fargo. During a traffic stop, an officer smelled marijuana, detained Adan and two other men, and subsequently found various amounts of drugs and over a thousand dollars in cash in the vehicle.
Adan also has a pending appeal with the North Dakota Supreme Court after being arrested in the western part of the state late last year, officers again finding a large amount of marijuana.
Abdullahi Adan is part of a group of inmates suing the Cass County Jail, alleging pork had been included in their meals. As the men are Muslim, their religion does not permit them to ingest pork.
Abdullahi Adan's attorney did not immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on the case.