Judge to allow cell phone evidence during trial for man accused of murder-for-hire of ex-wife

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge judge ruled that cell phone evidence can be introduced during the trial of Hamid Ghassemi who is accused of orchestrating the murder of his ex-wife.

Judge Louis Daniel made the ruling on Friday, March 3. Ghassemi's lawyer, Tommy Damico, plans to file an appeal. The next court date is set for May 3.

Ghassemi and three other men were arrested in May 2015 in connection with the murder of Ghassemi's ex-wife Taherah Ghassemi.

Damico filed the motion to suppress the cell phone evidence based on the claim that deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office got them without the proper search warrants. Those phone records linked Ghassemi and those he allegedly hired.

Ghassemi faces charges of solicitation for murder, principal to first-degree murder, principal to second-degree kidnapping and principal to arson for his part in Taherah's death.

Taherah was reported missing on April 11, 2015. Her vehicle was found on fire the next day.

Investigators found Taherah's body buried in a wooded area in St. Helena Parish on May 16, 2015. The coroner reported that she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Ghassemi is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison without bond.

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