A teenager is found murdered by his girlfriend, and the prime suspect is the rival for her affections.
Early in the morning of August 9, 1989, Christie Mutzfeld arrived at the home of her boyfriend, only to flee in terror moments later:
Christie’s boyfriend, Todd Kelley, was dead. He had been stabbed seven times in the chest, back, and wrist. Christie was in shock. Just hours earlier, the two lovers had been here together.
When Hamilton, Indiana, investigators questioned Christie, they learned that she was at the center of a love triangle. She had been involved with both Todd and another man. Christy’s other lover was now the prime suspect in Todd’s murder.
Christie had met Todd during their junior year in high school. According to Christie, it was love at first sight, especially for Todd:
The next fall, Christie enrolled in a small college just seven miles from Hamilton. She said she soon began dating a student named Mahfuz Huq:
But Mahfuz was not what he seemed to be. Shortly after he met Christie, he was arrested for three separate robberies. In one of them, he stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from his own aunt. Christie said his personality changed after the incident:
A few months later, Christie rekindled her romance with Todd. But Mahfuz, who lived nearby, didn’t back off. The day before the murder, Todd was at the home of a friend, Mike Kuhn, when Mahfuz showed up unexpectedly:
Thirty-six hours later, Todd was dead, and his house was swarming with police. Authorities determined that he was murdered at around 3:15 a.m. Investigators immediately noticed that the crime scene had been tampered with.
According to Steuben County, Indiana, Sheriff L.M. McClelland, Todd’s body had been cleaned up, and then moved into the living room from another part of the house:
In the yard, police found several cigarette butts that matched the brand smoked by Mahfuz. He became their prime suspect, but he was no where to be found. Two eyewitnesses told police they had seen Mahfuz between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. on the night of the murder. He had been walking barefoot in the direction of Todd’s house. Christie said that at that very same moment, she and Todd were together inside:
Christie says that at 2:30 a.m., she and Todd drove into town. She believes Mahfuz entered the house while they were gone:
Christie says she dropped Todd back at his house right around 3 a.m. The coroner determined that he was murdered just 15 minutes later. At 4:30 a.m., Mahfuz called Christie from his parents’ house, 10 miles away. Two hours later, he showed up in her bedroom. According to Christie, she broke off their relationship for good, not knowing what he had done:
At first glance, it seemed like an open and shut case. Mahfuz Huq had murdered Todd Kelley in a fit of jealous rage, and fled. But Todd Kelley’s family noticed some inconsistencies in Christie’s story. Vernon Kelley, Todd’s father, thinks she knows more than she’s saying:
Christie has said that the accusation is just not true:
The idea that Christie was involved hasn’t been given much credence by Sheriff McClelland:
Todd’s father thinks Mahfuz had to have help:
The Kelley family believes that Christie gave Mahfuz a ride home. They also question her statement about what happened when she returned to Todd’s house at seven that morning. Sheriff McClelland said that Christy claims she did not immediately notice Todd’s body when she returned, even though it was lying right by the front door:
Christie maintains that she’s been maligned:
Mahfuz Huq was finally arrested in India and was extradited to the United States. Huq pleaded guilty to the murder of Todd Kelley, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.