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Second suspect arrested in murder of Columbus imam

According to court records, 22-year-old Isaiah Brown-Miller is charged in the December 2021 death of Mohamed Hassan Adam.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man charged with murder in connection with the death of a Columbus imam in December of last year has been arrested and is held in jail on $1 million bond, according to court records.

Records show 22-year-old Isaiah Brown-Miller was arrested Wednesday for the death of Mohamed Hassan Adam.

Adam, a mosque leader, was reported missing on Dec. 22, 2021 after he did not arrive to pick up his child from daycare.

Investigators said Adam was last seen leaving his mosque in a yellow van that night. Two days later, his body was found inside the van near a wooded area off of Windsor Avenue. 

An autopsy report showed Adam died from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.

Police have previously arrested 46-year-old John Wooden Jr. on a charge of murder in connection with the case. He is being held on a $2 million bond when he appeared in court.

Investigators identified Wooden as a suspect in the case based on a business transaction he had with Adam, according to Columbus Police Detective Earl Westfall.

In a statement Thursday, CAIR-Ohio Acting Executive Director Amina Barhumi said: 

“We welcome the arrest of a second suspect in the heinous murder of Imam Mohamed Hassan Adam. For months, we have joined Imam Adam's family, the Somali Muslim community and interfaith leaders in search of answers.  

"We thank law enforcement authorities for continuing to investigate and working to hold the killers accountable. While questions remain, we hope this arrest is another step toward justice. We will continue to support Imam Adam's family and community as they carry on his legacy."


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