A Franklin County grand jury returned an eight-count indictment today, Oct. 31, against a Columbus man police said was involved in killing a woman and then placing her body in a container that he then set on fire in an Upper Arlington park.
Charges against Mohamed A. Abdullahi, 27, of Gainsborough Court in Columbus, include one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of arson, one count of gross abuse of a corpse and two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Abdullahi is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $1 million bond. He’s slated to be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
Except for the OVI charge, most of the counts against Abdullahi stem from the death of Bobbie Renee Simpson, 23, whose body was found after a passerby reported a fire at Burbank Park in Upper Arlington around 8:41 a.m. Oct. 14.
“Not only did this man murder this young woman, but he also set her body on fire in a park in Upper Arlington in order to avoid detection for the crimes he had committed,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said is a press statement Oct. 31. “There is one count of aggravated murder and two counts of murder with only one victim death because there are different methods to commit the crime of murder and the Prosecutor’s Office typically charges all methods.”
O’Brien said Abdullahi’s DNA evidence was taken from Simpson’s hand after her body was processed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Upper Arlington Police Officer Bryan McKean said Abdullahi already was a person of interest in the Simpson case when he was pulled over at approximately 2 a.m. Oct. 22 by UAPD patrol officers near the intersection of Kenny Road and West North Broadway. He subsequently was charged with OVI, abuse of a corpse and arson.
O’Brien’s office said Abdullahi’s blood-alcohol content was 0.193 at the time of his arrest. The legal level of impairment in Ohio is 0.08.
An affidavit filed by with Franklin County Municipal Court by Upper Arlington police following Abdullahi’s Oct. 22 arrest stated he had been convicted of OVI three times between June 2016 to April 2017.