WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A Minnesota man who police say killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn’t following Islam will get a mental evaluation.

The Detroit News reports a judge on Thursday approved the evaluation to determine whether 45-year-old Rahim Alfetlawi is competent for trial. He is charged with first-degree murder in the April 30 death of Jessica Mokdad at her grandmother’s home in the Detroit suburb of Warren.

The Coon Rapids man told a judge in Warren that he suffers from mental issues stemming from “humiliation and torture” in Iraq in the 1990s under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Defense lawyer Richard Glanda says Alfetlawi claims the shooting was an accident.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo says Alfetlawi seems to have a “religious obsession rather than a psychological issue.”

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Comments (35)
  1. swmnguy says:

    In other words, if I may paraphrase, you’re saying he’s psycho.

  2. chad j says:

    just another example of the type of trash these people are ‘The Coon Rapids man told a judge in Warren that he suffers from mental issues stemming from “humiliation and torture” in Iraq in the 1990s under Saddam Hussein’s regime.’ be a man and say u did it because of you religion and stop trying to get out of what you did. if you think your religion is right and you did your gods work you wouldnt be lying and hiding the reason why you did it

    1. Sakinah says:

      “just another example of the type of trash these people” What/who are you referring to when you say these people?

      1. chad says:

        radical religious nuts would be my meaning of these people

    2. JamieinMN says:

      I’m sure he’s referring to “religious nuts” at least in my opinion…….they’re all psycho.

      1. Kevin says:

        That is referred to as “prejudice”

        1. JamieinMN says:

          Well I guess I am prejudice against ALL religious nuts. Proud of it too. YOU should control your life, not your religion.

    3. Kevin says:

      Under Islam, deceiving the infidel is ok.

  3. floyd says:

    this is mental illness if you are steeped in religion to the point of societal indifferece. Perhaps he should kill himself now if he really didnt mean to kill her. However , appears he is sane enough to present an excuse for his perceived wrongdoing. Typical of taliban type fanaticism.

  4. fred says:

    please deport this psycho creep,after he serves his 30 days in the county jail.

  5. Willie says:


  6. Just Sayin' says:

    I don’t recall any other religeon that says to kill your children or step children for not following it. I still remeber Fathima Rifqa Bary running away from her muslim family because she converted to a non muslim religeon. Was afraid of a “mercy” killing.

  7. Kevin says:

    More immigrants please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. HockeyWife says:

    Mental issue or not, he committed the crime, honestly it does not matter what race or religion he is, take him and kill him. Don’t waste our tax dollars housing these criminals that keep committing these insane crimes. They won’t be rehabilitated just save us the money and take care of it now.

  9. Kevin says:

    The God of the true Christian is a just God that is all powerful and needs no puny man to avenge him. He directs true Christ followers to “love thy neighbor” and not to vengeance. If a God needs man to avenge him, he is no god.

  10. Sharon Bowers says:

    No need for a review. It was an honor killing and it should be called murder, because that is exactly what it is. No one has a right to control others esp. here in America. Send the Muslims who practice this a clear message.

    1. JM says:

      Sharon – You’re right. This is America.

  11. hoover says:

    Go back to wherever you’re from then……go ahead and kill yourselves all off…..the world would be a better place.

  12. TS says:

    Smart man. Now he will receive a free ride on American dollars in a resort that we call prison.

  13. Victim Du Jour says:

    Mental Health is a farce, and nothing in the Constitution says it has any say in courtrooms.

    All the State is required to do is prove he killed his daughter.

    All Psychologists do is determine if it’s a politically correct murder.

    If Andrea Yates Drown her kids in a bathtub full
    of vomit and feces, they give her a mental health acronym as an excuse not to be guilty.

    Psychologists are like allowing Priests to offer testimony in Courtrooms.

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      VD, your understanding of criminal law is laughable, even for a layperson.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        It’s a clearly stated fact in the Constitution. All the State has to do is prove beyond a reasonable doubt he murdered the girl.

        It doesn’t matter if someone has mental problems, if you murder someone you go to prison, there is nothing complexed about it at all.

        You are just a Corny talk show junky, that’s all. Anyone who murders someone has mental health problems.

        1. Dale Gribble says:

          No, VD, the Constitution doesn’t address the crime of murder, at all. In fact, the Constitution reserves the individual States their right to pass and enforce their own criminal codes. And the criminal code of the State of Minnesota permits an affirmative defense of insanity in certain instances.
          Previously I wrote that you have a laughable understanding of the law. I was giving you entirely too much credit.

          1. Victim Du Jour says:

            And the 14th Amendment has an “Equal Protection Clause” and it requires the government to punish everyone the same for murder.

            We had a lot of cowards and drug addicts hiding out in lawschools during the Vietnam War, and they don’t make money from law from the rules of science.

            All that matters is if he was the one who murdered the girl. Sorry if my opinion is a threat to your corny talk show garbage.

            1. Dale Gribble says:

              Once again, VD, your barroom intellectual underpinings betray you. The 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law, but it is irrelevant and your argument is seriously flawed. An individual who successfully defends against a criminal charge with an affirmative defense is still found “not guilty” and no punishment is in order because there was not finding of guilt.

              1. victim du jour says:

                Science can prove poop comes out of an anus.

                With your psycho-babble and Lawyer disease, you are saying it’s not poop because it has corn in it, even thou it came right out of an anus.

                There is no reason for courtrooms to be wasting taxpayer money. All they need to prove is if the guy physically carried out the act of Murder.

                There are no asterisks in the 14th amendment that says mental health changes the rules. It’s the same as if you allowed the Opinion of the Catholic Church as evidence in a criminal case.

                1. Dale Gribble says:

                  Common law allows for affirmative defenses, VD. No amount of sophistry and chest beating on your part will make it otherwise. You’re in over your head here, old chap. Better to cut your losses before you embarrass yourself further.

              2. Victim Du Jour says:

                So what you are saying is Mental Health needs this guy to get budget money for a mental health hospital.

                Lawyers and Judges are suppose to be disbarred for this kind of activity.

  14. JM says:

    May he be found guilty and be put in prison for other men to use him for their pleasure. Well see what his Allah will say about that.

  15. SR says:

    One, she was NOT his daughter. Two, it’s called MURDER! This country isn’t whatever country he came from.

  16. SR says:

    Rahim knew what he was doing when he went to Michigan, tracked her down at her grandmother’s house and KILLED her. How convenient for him that he can try to “claim” mental illness? Sorry, it’s been stated before that she was trying to get away from him. It’s abuse and it’s murder. No “honor killing” stance or the claim of an “accident” by his attorney isn’t going to stand in court. There was a case in Arizona similar where a Muslim man RAN down his own daughter–killing her. He was convicted. Any murder that is claimed by the suspect to be an “honor killing” should automatically be considered for FIRST degree murder charges.

    1. SR says:

      and this is America, NOT the country they came from!

  17. zagwee says:

    These friggin Muslims are really annoying. What a bunch of animals!

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