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Car dealer Ghassemi, three hitmen indicted in murder-for-hire of ex-wife

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago September 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015 Thursday, September 17 2015 September 17, 2015 2:59 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues and AE Stevenson

BATON ROUGE - The ex-husband of a woman that was found murdered in St. Helena Parish and the three hitmen he is accused of hiring have been indicted by a grand jury on first degree murder charges.

Hamid Ghassemi, the owner of a car lot on Airline Hwy, is charged with her death, and the death penalty is attached in this case. In fact, the death penalty is a possibility for all but one of the men, Skyler Williams due to his age according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Shortly after the indictment was returned Moore added, "it's one that I think the death penalty is the appropriate penalty."

Ghassemi is accused of paying three men $10,000 to kidnap his ex-wife from her home, torch her car, shoot her and then bury her body in a remote part of St. Helena Parish.

The grand jury handed down first degree murder indictments for Hamid Ghassemi, Tyler Lee Aspaugh of Denham Springs, Skyler Williams of Denham Springs, and Daniel Richter of Walker after they appeared before a grand jury Thursday morning where a decision was handed down around 2:30 p.m. They were arrested back in May.

Moore said, "based on the facts that I know and I have looked at, this is a very cold calculated, deliberate, cowardly act by four men against one defenseless woman and I believe, the grand jury returned first degree murder which is the appropriate decision against all four defendants."

The body of Tahereh Ghassemi was found after she had been missing for a month after sheriff's deputies said cell phone records led detectives to her body in an area north of Pine Grove. A woman's body was found and later identified as the missing woman at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

According to detectives, Ghassemi was in the middle of a bitter divorce settlement worth more than a million dollars when he arranged to have her kidnapped and killed. Court records showed Ghassemi married her husband in Iran before he moved to the U. S. on a student visa. While in the U. S. he remarried an American while remaining married to his wife in Iran. The records showed Hamid tried to challenge the legitimacy of his marriage to Tahereh, but the court sided with her and ordered him to pay her more than million dollars and give her two pieces of property.

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