Wael Ali said he could imagine what it was like for his parents coping with his twin brother's death almost five years ago, during an interview with WJZ that aired on Monday. But he said he couldn't imagine what it was like for them as they faced the possibility that he might be found guilty of his brother's murder.
It was the first interview Ali granted since a jury failed to reach a verdict in April in his homicide trial for the death of his brother, Wasel Ali. The judge in the case declared a mistrial, prosecutors said they would not re-try Ali, and he was released from Howard County Jail.
Wasel Ali's body was found off a secluded Columbia pathway behind the Merion apartment building in August 2007. The medical examiner said Wasel died of asyphixyiation and declared the death a homicide.
In 2011, Wael went on trial for his brother's murder and in April, jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
In the interview, Ali said that while he was in jail he had a dream about his brother who told him it would be OK and to "just hold on."
Ali said his dream came true when the mistrial was declared and he was released from jail.
"We'll never know [what happened to Wasel]. It's unsolved," Ali said in the interview.
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