STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Muhfuz Huq, an international fugitive wanted in connection to a 1989 fatal stabbing in Steuben County, made his first court appearance on Thursday.
Huq, 47, appeared via a video conference from the Steuben County Jail with his attorney, Glenda Wagner.
The judge entered a not guilty plea on Huq's behalf, which is a standard procedure.
A pre-trial conference was set for October 21 at 9 a.m.
Huq's trial for his 1989 murder charges is set for December 9 at 9 a.m. His trial for the three charges for theft and three charges for burglary, which allegedly happened in 1988, is set for February 6 at 9 a.m.
No bail was set for Huq because he evaded police for over 20 years.
Huq was brought back to the Hoosier state by the FBI after awaiting extradition from New Dehli, India for over two years. Huq was arrested in February 2011 in India under the direction of Kevin Smith, an Indiana State Police investigator who took over the cold case, and with the help of an agent with the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. It took over two years for the U.S. and Indian governments to work out an extradition deal.
Huq was arrested in February of 2011 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Huq, an American citizen who has relatives in Bangladesh, was traveling from that country to India under an alias when authorities captured him.
The Steuben County Procescutor told NewsChannel 15 in 2011 that Huq was wanted for killing Todd Kelley in August 1989 in Hamilton, Indiana. Kelley, 19, was found dead in his home with multiple stab wounds. One of those wounds pierced Kelley's heart. According to the probable cause affidavit , authorities found a large quantity of blood inside the residence. Investigators found several black hairs at the crime scene that did not match the victim, but did resemble Huq's hair.
They were also able to tie Huq to the crime when Huq did not return to work after the day of the crime. Police also received a letter written to Huq's father stating that Huq was sorry for bringing shame on the family and that relatives wouldn't see him for a long time.
Vern Kelley, Todd Kelley's father, told NewsChannel 15 on Wednesday that in the late 1980's, his son dated Christine Mutzfeld in high school. Like many high school relationships, Kelley says the two broke up when she went to Tri-State University (now Trine University).
Kelley said she began seeing Mufuz Huq in college, but decided to go back to his son Todd.
"Apparently Mufuz didn't like that," Kelley said.
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