Portland murder suspects remain in jail

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PORTLAND — Three men accused of killing Cumberland Avenue resident Fred Akoa in his apartment Aug. 9 remained in Cumberland County Jail this week after making court appearances Aug. 14.

Abil Teshome, 23, Mohamud Mohamed, 36, and Osman Sheikh, 31, entered no pleas while appearing in front of Justice Thomas Warren in the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket.

The men were charged in the murder of Akoa, 49, whose body was discovered by building managers on Aug. 11, according to Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch. They had gone to his apartment at the request of a family member who had been unable to reach Akoa.

Warren ordered each suspect held without bail. He also impounded all affidavits and documents until at least Friday, Aug. 21.

What documents are available accuse the three men of killing Akoa on Aug. 9, while showing a “depraved indifference to the value of human life.” If convicted, they could face life in prison.

Malloch said the three are considered city residents, but do not have fixed addresses. They were charged at the Cumberland County Jail, where they were being held on unrelated criminal trespass charges.

Citing the pending investigation, police have declined comment on a possible motive or how Akoa was known to his accused murderers.

The suspects will be represented by court-appointed attorneys, and were asked by Warren if they understood the charges against them. Bail will be set after the attorneys confer with their clients.

The state was represented by Assistant Attorney General John Alsop, who also declined to discuss the case.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Mohamud Mohamed enters court Aug. 14 in his first appearance after being accused of the murder of Portland resident Fred Akoa. He, Abil Teshome and Osman Sheikh entered no pleas and remain in jail.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.