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Judge: Driver in hit-and-run rampage not fit for trial

Posted August 5, 2009

— A judge had ruled that the man charged in a 2004 hit-and-run spree is not competent to stand trial.

Abdullah El-Amin Shareef, 30, of Raeford, is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder in the case. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

Authorities said Shareef stole a city-owned van in Fayetteville on April 14, 2004, and drove north. He hit and injured three men in Fayetteville, then ran over Lonel Bass in Linden, killing him.

Shareef abandoned the van, took Bass' pick-up truck and continued north, authorities said. They said he ran down another man in Harnett County before crashing the truck in Fuquay-Varina, where he was arrested.

A judge said Tuesday that Shareef needs more mental therapy before facing the charges.

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  • Drakula_I_G Aug 5, 2009

    Judge, quit worrying about his "mental state" and let the case proceed! The only thing wrong with his mind is it's full of evil.

  • Sidekick Aug 5, 2009

    Did he do the crime? That's all you need to know!!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Aug 5, 2009

    If I recall this case correctly, he should be charged with a hate crime. That law is on the books for a reason.

  • readme Aug 5, 2009

    He was competent enough to steal two cars, so it sounds to me like he is competent to stand trial. This is so annoying.