- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2008

HOUSTON (AP) — A newly ordained youth minister decided he could no longer keep his secret, confessing to authorities that he fatally stabbed a convenience store clerk in 1994, when he was 16 years old.

For his forthrightness, Calvin Wayne Inman of Pasadena found himself jailed yesterday, charged with capital murder.

The lead pastor of the 800-member Elim Church said he persuaded Mr. Inman to surrender to police after learning about the case several weeks ago.

“It was a situation that was on his conscience,” said Ron Nissen, pastor of the Pentecostal church, told the Houston Chronicle in yesterday’s editions. “He knows it’s the right thing to do. His desire is to help other kids not make the same mistakes he did.”

Mr. Nissen called Mr. Inman, now 29, a fine man who got involved with drugs at a young age.

The newspaper reported that Mr. Inman went to police earlier this month, voluntarily giving a statement admitting that he stabbed the store’s 64-year-old clerk, Iqbal Ahmed, on Aug. 14, 1994. Mr. Ahmed died at the store. Mr. Inman and possibly another teen fled, and the case remained unsolved.

Mr. Inman was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder as an adult. The Harris County Jail, where Mr. Inman is held without bond, said he did not have an attorney listed.

“It was a God thing,” Shelley Inman said of her husband’s confession.

Mr. Ahmed’s son-in-law, Shakir A. Rahmani, who had owned the store at the time of the stabbing, said the arrest surprised and pleased him. It was probably Mr. Ahmed’s desire to help young people that led to him asking the teenagers to show identification proving they were old enough to buy cigarettes, Mr. Rahmani said.

“He was very strict,” Mr. Rahmani said. “He didn’t want any kids to go the wrong way. Maybe he was trying to teach them like he did his own kids.”

Mr. Ahmed was a native of India and had worked as the assistant director of tourism for the country. He moved to the U.S. in the 1970s.

Police said they interviewed Mr. Inman’s friend, now 28, who acknowledged being involved in the robbery but not the stabbing. Relying on 1994 juvenile laws preventing prosecution of people 13 or younger, police said they could not charge the friend.

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