Wael Ali, former Maryland murder suspect, shot and killed in Georgia

Wasel was found dead in Columbia in 2007. Photo: Ali family

(WJLA) - A Georgia man who was accused, and later cleared, in the 2007 murder of his twin brother in Maryland was shot and killed in suburban Atlanta last week.

Wael Ali, who was arrested and charged in September of 2011 with the slaying of his twin brother, Wasel, was shot near a theater in Cobb County, Ga. on Nov. 1

Authorities in Cobb County are holding the man accused of killing Wael, identified in court documents as Raouf Sanad, on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

On Nov. 1, Wael was shot and killed, allegedly by Sanad, who according to documents believed that the safety mechanism on a handgun he pointed at Wael was enabled.

The body of Wasel Ali was found in a wooded area off Green Meadow Drive in Columbia on Aug. 27, 2007, nearly a week after he was reported as missing. More than four years later, Wael was taken into custody on suspicion of killing him.

Howard County Police said the two had last been seen together on surveillance video taken at The Mall in Columbia five days before Wasel's body was found. Officials say Wasel had just been fired from his job at a store in the mall, and the manager of the store told police that Wasel had implicated Wael in a series of thefts from the workplace.

Authorities, at the time, believed that Wael grew so angry with Wasel over the theft implications that he strangled his brother to death.

However, in March of 2012, a judge declared a mistrial in Wael's trial after 20 hours of jury deliberation. There was no direct evidence implicating Wael in the murder, and evidence was complicated by the fact that the brothers had identical DNA. He was released from custody about three weeks later.