Osana Futi Killing: Preliminary Examination Begins Thursday

A Fremont man faces one count of murder in connection to the killing of a Newark student.

It’s been two months since a senior was killed in an apparent stabbing during a late night house party in Fremont.

On Thursday, evidence from that night could be introduced in court during the preliminary examination in the case of Abraham Ibrahim Hade, 18 – a Fremont man charged with murder in connection to the death of 18-year-old Osana Futi.

Futi was found around 11:20 p.m. April 28 during a house party near a Fremont home by Hyde Park and Yellow Stone Park drives, close to Auto Mall Parkway. He died two hours later.

Hade pleaded to the charge of during a court appearance in late May. That same day, Hade’s attorney, Thomas Knutsen, requested that the court release subpoenaed documents from

Superior Court Judge Dennis J. McLaughlin ruled to disclose the documents to Knutsen on May 31. While, Knutsen declined to comment on the case in detail, he said the documents are related to Futi.

Last March, the Newark Unified School Board of Education voted to after it was reported that he got into a verbal argument with another student over the December 2011 murder of his best friend, 17-year-old Justice Afoa.

Afoa was fatally stabbed on Cedar Boulevard near Birch Street in Newark. That expulsion was later rescinded and Futi was reinstated at Newark Memorial in spring 2011.

Hade was on April 29 – several hours after Futi was pronounced dead and is being held on no bail at Santa Rita Jail. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Fremont Hall of Justice.

Previous court appearances are as follows (chronological order):

  • May 1: Abraham Ibrahim Hade, 18, is with a gang enhancement in connection to the killing of Newark student Osana Futi.
  • May 2: During a court hearing, Hade’s attorney Thomas Knutsen asks to and it is scheduled for mid-May.
  • May 10: Hade’s again to late May.
  • May 23: Hade enters a and his attorney requests that Newark Unified School District subpoenaed documents about Futi be released to him.
  • May 31: Superior Court Judge Dennis J. McLaughlin discloses school district documents about Futi to the defense attorney. A two-day preliminary examination is scheduled for July 5 and July 6.


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