Expert: Man Accused Of Killing Children OK To Stand Trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man charged with killing his four children and attacking his wife is mentally fit to stand trial on four counts of murder, a state psychologist said.
Attorneys for Said Ali Biyad have argued that he is incompetent and therefore should not face trial.
Psychologist Greg Perri met five times last year with Biyad, an immigrant from Somalia. Perri said Monday he believes Biyad would be able to follow trial proceedings.
Biyad was in Jefferson County Circuit Court Monday for a mental
competency hearing. Judge James M. Shake ended the hearing after
Perri's testimony and said it would continue at a later date.
Perri told Commonwealth's Attorney Carol Cobb that while he was
giving Biyad a questionaire on one occasion, Biyad attempted to avoid certain questions. He said he felt Biyad was avoiding certain subjects on purpose, which indicated his competency.
He said he also asked Biyad what he thought attorneys should focus on for his defense. Perri said Biyad replied to him that he could not have killed his children, and that he was new to this country.
"He said, 'It's not possible for me to do that when I love my children,"' Perri said.
Biyad appeared disheveled in court, in a blue prison outfit, tousled hair and an unkempt beard and mustache. He spoke quietly with a translator.
Biyad is facing the death penalty for the Oct. 6, 2006, killings of his four children: Goshany, Khadija, Fatuma and Sidi Alia, ages 2 to 8. The children had their throats cut.
Biyad, who had been living in Oregon, is also charged with attempted murder, rape and assault for an alleged attack on his wife, Fatuma Amir.
He had an argument about the children with his estranged wife before he attacked her with a blunt instrument, Louisville police said at the time.
Biyad went to police headquarters after the killings and told police, "I've just killed my family," police said.
Police officers sent to the apartment at the Iroquois Homes complex found the children's bodies.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    send them all back over seas......
  • by Shanna Location: Bell on Mar 25, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    Im glad that they found this guy able to stand trail. It's people like this that go around killing there family and think they can get away with it by saying they are mental insanse and spend thier life in a mental hosptial instead of prison where they belong. Anyone that would do that to young kids and there wife is not a true person at heart and a lowlife. This person neeeds prison no the death pently he eneded the life of his on childern that will never be able to exeprince life. We don't need people like this in America.


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 16963681 -
Gray Television, Inc.