The arraignment of a man charged with murdering a woman whose body was dumped and set on fire in an Upper Arlington park was disrupted Friday, Nov. 2, by emotional outbursts from the victim’s parents.
“Whatdja do it for, man?” the father of Bobbie Simpson shouted at Mohamed Abdullahi as deputies forcibly removed him from a Franklin County common-pleas courtroom.
The mother followed him out the door, screaming profanities at Abdullahi.
“It’s our (expletive) kid,” Carol Simpson-Hubbard said. “I’ll see you in hell.”
Judge Charles Schneider called for a brief recess while tempers cooled and deputies made sure that the father, Robert Simpson, had left the courthouse.
After the short break, defense attorney Sam Shamansky entered not guilty pleas on all charges against Abdullahi and waived the setting of bond for his client.
“No way in the world is he ever going to have a bond that he could ever consider making,” Shamansky said afterward.
Abdullahi, 27, of northwest Columbus, is charged with aggravated murder, murder, arson, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and driving while intoxicated. Upper Arlington police stopped Abdullahi’s car on suspicion of drunken driving and other traffic offenses Oct. 22, eight days after Simpson’s body was discovered in Burbank Park.
He had been identified as a suspect in the murder through a DNA match linked to evidence collected from Simpson’s hand.
Early in Friday’s arraignment, Simpson’s mother began sobbing loudly as Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Geraghty outlined the facts of the case. Geraghty described how the 23-year-old woman’s body had been placed in a suitcase before it was set on fire, and that she was mostly unclothed, with her left arm dismembered.
Before she could say more, Robert Simpson had moved from his seat to a spot closer to Abdullahi in the center aisle of the gallery and refused instructions from deputies to be seated. They quickly forced him up the aisle and out the door as he protested and yelled at Abdullahi.
“Certainly, this case is worse than most any other that we see,” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said. “But we also advise all witnesses and victims that they need to maintain decorum in the courtroom.”