A Somali cabdriver accused of killing a neighbor and injuring five others by setting his building ablaze in 2010 was acquitted of murder and arson charges Thursday.
Mahad Ali Hassan, 29, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday and a court date was set for Jan. 31, according to Cook County court records.
Hassan, who lived on the fourth floor of the five-story building in the 6700 block of North Sheridan Road, had a long-running dispute with two women who lived on the floor above him, prosecutors said.
He had been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Authorities accused him of pouring gasoline in two places in the fifth-floor hallway.
A witness who saw Hassan flee the staircase shortly before the fire said he seemed "out of breath and startled," and the witness found a gas can between the second and third floors, prosecutors said.