Man wanted for 22-year-old murder in IN arrested in India - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man wanted for 22-year-old murder in IN arrested in India


ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) -- A fugitive arrested in India in the 1989 slaying of a northeast Indiana man waited for the victim and attacked him from behind, stabbing him several times, according to court records.

Indian police arrested 44-year-old Mahfuz Huq, of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday on a murder warrant from Steuben County in connection with the Aug. 9, 1989, death of 19-year-old Todd R. Kelley.

Kelley's body was found by his girlfriend, Christine Mutzfeld, who had been in a previous relationship with Huq. Kelley lived in Hamilton, about 30 miles northeast of Fort Wayne. Authorities said at the time that Huq had told Mutzfeld if he learned she was dating someone else, he would kill that man and then kill her, The Herald Republican of Angola reported Saturday.

Mutzfeld had been at Kelley's house the morning he was murdered, leaving around 2:30 a.m., and from cigarette butts and packs found outside, it appeared Huq was waiting outside, court records show.

Kelley's death certificate showed he died at 3:15 A.M. from multiple stab wounds.

Kelley initially was stabbed in the back, according to a report by Indiana State Police technician Frank Jagoda, who documented blood spatters on the wall between a dresser, a bed and the entrance to a bathroom.

"It would appear the victim was attacked from behind," the report said, noting it appeared Kelley was "taken by surprise."

Authorities said Huq, who was 22 at the time, fled the U.S. after Kelley's death. Huq was a naturalized U.S. citizen whose family was from Bangladesh.

He was arrested Thursday at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi while traveling under the name of Asif ul Huq. The Times of India reported Huq had taken a job as a sports instructor at a school in New Delhi and was arrested when he arrived to take part in a table tennis training camp.

Steuben County Prosecutor Mike Hess said it could take several weeks to bring Huq back to the U.S. for prosecution.

The case has been featured on the television programs "Unsolved Mysteries" and "America's Most Wanted."

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