A second appearance in Finney County District Court has been rescheduled for a Garden City man facing allegations of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and reckless driving in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident in October.
Bashir Omar, 31, 312 W. Mary St., was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon, but difficulties finding a translator for the Somali native — who according to a local court official speaks “no English” — have resulted in postponement of the hearing until noon Dec. 14.
Omar was southbound in the 2400 block of Fleming Street at about 6:57 p.m. Oct. 7 in a 2002 Jeep Liberty, and Robert Becker, 67, of Garden City, was also southbound on Fleming Street riding a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle. Witnesses told Garden City police that Omar’s vehicle fatally struck Becker’s motorcycle from behind. Becker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Omar showed signs of impairment when officers made contact with him and conducted a field sobriety test. He now faces charges of second-degree murder, reckless driving and DUI. According to a police affidavit, Omar was intoxicated by a combination of alcohol and something similar to betel nuts, a potent stimulant found in parts of east Africa and Asia.
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