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Grand jury to decide if man purposely ran down teen

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Ahmed H. Aden, 34, faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. He appeared in a Jackson County courtroom for a hearing Monday. Ahmed H. Aden, 34, faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. He appeared in a Jackson County courtroom for a hearing Monday.
Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, 15, died last month after his legs were nearly severed in the crash. Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, 15, died last month after his legs were nearly severed in the crash.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The father of a man accused of intentionally running over and killing a Muslim teenager says his son is mentally ill.

A Jackson County judge decided a grand jury will hear the evidence against Ahmed H. Aden, 34, to decide if he'll go to trial.

Aden, 34, faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. He appeared in a Jackson County courtroom for a hearing Monday.

Any indictments from a grand jury would supersede the charges already handed down by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Prosecutors typically seek a grand jury indictment when the accusations involve first-degree murder.

Aden's family traveled from Minnesota to Kansas City on Monday for his hearing.

They say they want to offer their condolences to the family of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, 15, who died last month after his legs were nearly severed in the crash.

According to court records, Aden told police he was looking for a group of men who had threatened to kill him.

When he spotted a group of people getting into a car outside the Islamic center, he thought the teen was one of the men who threatened him.

But members of the Muslim community, including a man who knows the suspect, says it was just the opposite and that he had been threatening Muslims for months.

“For my son, forever I will continue having pain," Aden's father, Hassan Uarsane, said.

Uarsane says his heart broke when he heard his son was involved in the Dec. 4 hit-and-run crash that killed Abdisamad near a Somali center.

Family and friends of the teenage victim say the innocent young man's bright future was senselessly and violently cut short.

“My son has mental health disability. I would like the court to understand the act he committed was not voluntary. It was not premeditated. It was not a hate crime,” Uarsane said.

Uarsane says his son was committed to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota after he threatened violence at a Minneapolis Social Security building.

"He stated that he wanted to blow that building and the officers dead," Uarsane said.

The father says his son was released from the hospital in February of this year.

Aden came to Kansas City to work as a truck driver. His family believes he quit taking his medication.

"Why he did it? Because his mentality was not sane. He was sick," Uarsane said.

Federal officials have not filed any hate crime charges.

Aden will be back in court for an arraignment on Jan. 26. The grand jury's actions could affect that.

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.

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