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Reno man guilty of murdering professor

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Debra Reid / The Associated Press Mohamed Kamaludeen was convicted of first-degree murder in Judy Calder's death in Washoe County District Court in Reno on Wednesday.

RENO – A man who said he helped arrange the killing of an Incline Village woman last year but denied carrying out the slaying was found guilty of murder Wednesday.

Mohamed Kamaludeen was convicted of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon of a person older than 60, and solicitation to commit murder in the death of Judy Calder, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

It took the jury about four hours of deliberations to reach a verdict, which could put Kamaludeen in prison for life without parole. The same nine-man, three-woman jury heard testimony at a hearing sentencing Thursday.

Kamaludeen, who also went by the name Rickey Barge, admitted he helped plan the killing but claimed that Calder’s husband financed the crime and another man stabbed the 64-year-old university professor.

He claimed Jim Calder paid for the killing because of a dispute over the couple’s will and that another man stabbed her at Kamaludeen’s Reno printing business on Aug. 18, 2007.

Jim Calder denied it and has not been charged.

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The other man, Carlos Filomeno, testified he saw Kamaludeen kill the professor, then helped him clean up the blood and put her body in a copier box before they drove it nearly 400 miles to dump it in northeast Nevada. Antelope hunters found the body 10 days later just south of Jackpot.

Filomeno, an inmate at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, told police his story last fall while he was jailed on an unrelated charge. Filomeno has not been charged in this case.

Jim Calder and the couple’s adult daughter, Kim Calder, were in the courtroom and wept when the verdict was read Wednesday evening.

“Fourteen months of emotions,” Jim Calder told reporters afterward. “He deserved what he deserved.”

Kim Calder declined to comment. Judy Calder’s sister, Carolyn Conger, said she was relieved.

“I feel like my sister has received some justice,” Conger said.

“It’s been horrific to see my family suffer so much,” she said, adding that the “best part” is that Kamaludeen will be off the streets. “It’s someone who is a liar and doesn’t respect human life.”

Lawyers for both sides went into the judge’s chambers after the verdict and were not immediately available for comment.

Bruce Hahn, Washoe County chief deputy district attorney, said Kamaludeen kept changing his story to point the finger at others. He told the jurors in his closing arguments Wednesday afternoon that they could find him guilty even if he didn’t stab her and others were involved in the slaying.

“You’ve heard a lot about Carlos Filomeno and Jim Calder but it just doesn’t matter,” Hahn said.

“Even if you were remotely inclined to believe a whisper of what Mr. Kamaludeen told law enforcement … it doesn’t make a difference. He is guilty,” he said.

“This is about him and no one else,” he said. “I only have to prove the guilt of one person, not rule out every other possibility.”

Judge Patrick Flanagan instructed jurors that Kamaludeen can be found guilty of murder if he was involved in the killing or if he helped someone else kill her.

Public defender Jay Slocum suggested it was unusual that Filomeno has not been charged in the case after he admitted he went with Kamaludeen to a store the night before the killing to buy knives, was told of Kamaludeen’s plans and helped dispose of the body.

He said Filomeno’s claim that he didn’t report the crime to police because he was scared Kamaludeen might kill him was unbelievable because he had numerous opportunities while he was away from Kamaludeen.

Slocum said Filomeno’s version of what happened was quite similar to the story Kamaludeen told – “he just interchanged his role for Mr. Kamaludeen’s.”

“Why would Mr. Kamaludeen have had Carlos there at all if he was not involved in any of this?” Slocum said. “You have to consider what really is the motivation for the players in this case.”

Kamaludeen originally denied any knowledge of the crime, but then fled to Mexico when he learned Filomeno had dumped the woman’s body in Elko County. He said the original plan was for Jim Calder to dispose of the body near Lake Tahoe.

After Kamaludeen was jailed in Mexico City and extradited back to Nevada to face the murder charge, he told detectives that Jim Calder used him as the go-between to hire Filomeno to kill Judy Calder for $50,000.

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