SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The man charged in a shooting death at the Greyhound bus station in Springfield has been assigned a public defender.
Twenty-five-year-old Mohamed Dawod was assigned the public defender Tuesday after telling a Greene County judge that he was waiting for help from his family to hire a private attorney.
Dawod, of Glendale, Ariz., is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 32-year-old Justin M. Hall, of Mount Vernon, in early September.
Dawod and Hall were on the same bus on the way to St. Louis when it stopped in Springfield. Police say it is still unclear why Dawod shot Hall as they waited outside the bus.
Hall was on his way home from a trip out west when witnesses said he was shot by Dawod waiting to reboard the bus. Witness statements from the Springfield Police Department cited the attack was unprovoked.