Man accused of shooting Muslim cab driver to stand trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh man must stand trial on charges he shot a Muslim cab driver in the back – but the victim said nothing about the suspect’s alleged anti-Muslim statements that had prompted activists to press for hate crime charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Anthony Mohamed remained jailed Tuesday on attempted homicide and other charges after a hearing that included testimony from the cab driver, Hakim Ghorbal. Mohammed hasn’t been charged with a hate crime.

Ghorbal previously told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Mohamed spoke about ISIS and satirized the prophet Muhammad before Ghorbal was shot Thanksgiving Day. But Ghorbal testified Tuesday there were no threats or arguments before the shooting.

The defense said Mohamed was in his house retrieving cab fare when someone else shot Ghorbal.

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