Emotions high in court hearing for man accused of killing woman in Upper Arlington

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Emotions were high in court when the family of a 23-year-old woman whose burning body was found in an Upper Arlington park, saw the suspect. 

Bobbi Simpson’s father began yelling, pleading with suspect Mohamed Abdullahi, “Why’d you do it?” as deputies pulled him out of court. 

Simpson’s mother couldn’t contain herself either, alternating between profanity and tears. 

But what came before would’ve been hard for just about any parent to handle. 

The outburst came less than 1:30 after Abdullahi entered Franklin County Common Pleas courtroom 2B for his arraignment. 

In court, the prosecutor detailed how she says Abdullahi tried to dispose of her body after killing Simpson. 

“…the body had been placed inside a suitcase prior to being lit on fire. The body was found mostly unclothed with a bra and tank top twisted around the torso area. The left arm had been dismembered just above the torso and left near the corpse,” she said. 

Abdullahi’s lawyer Sam Shamansky entered a not guilty plea and passed on bond. 

“No way in the world is he going to have a bond that he could ever consider making. We’ll just evaluate the evidence and try to figure out whether this case is a trial situation or something different,” said Shamansky. 

Shamansky and prosecutor Ron O’Brien were sympathetic for Simpson’s family and their reaction while obviously understanding of why the judge had Simpson’s mother and father escorted out of the court room and courthouse. 

“Well certainly every victim, victim’s family member is very unhappy with the fact that they have to be there and

certainly this case is worse than any other that we ever see but we also advise any family or witnesses that they have to maintain decorum in any courtroom,” he said. 

Abdullahi faces charges in an 8-count indictment that include aggravated murder, murder, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. 

O’Brien says if the case goes to trial it likely won’t happen until January of 2019 or after. 

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