Muhammad Atif Syed, an Afghan refugee arrested in connection with the murders of three Muslim men in New Mexico, now faces a third murder charge in the case.
A grand jury on Monday indicted Syed on counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Naeem Hussein earlier this month.
Hussein, 25, was shot and killed outside a funeral home on August 5 after attending the funerals of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, two men police say were also killed by Syed , according the Albuquerque Journal.
Lauren Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for New Mexico’s second judicial district attorney’s office, told the newspaper in a statement that the grand jury issued an indictment that includes three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of tampering. evidence related to the murders.
“Between the arrest warrant for the homicides of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain and the Grand Jury summons on Friday, additional cellphone evidence has come to light allowing us to present Naeem’s homicide. [Hussein] to the Grand Jury,” Rodriguez said in his statement.
The Hill contacted the second judicial district attorney’s office for more information.
Syed, 51, was arrested earlier this month by authorities in connection with the killings of Aftab Hussein and Hussain.
The killings attracted national media attention and sparked widespread concern for the safety of Albuquerque’s Muslim community.