MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The state will be showing the first interrogation video
conducted by the Bayou la Batre Police Department. The video will
be a first glimpse into Luong speaking English to authorities.
The state made their opening arguments in the capital murder
trial of Lam Luong Monday morning. Luong is accused of throwing his
four children off the Dauphin Island Bridge last January.
In their opening statement, the state says after Luong allegedly
threw Ryan, Hannah, Lindsey and Danny off the bridge, he drove
himself to the Bayou la Batre Police Department. They say he told
the police what he had allegedly done, and took them to the bridge
where he says he threw the children off. When asked why he didn't
kill himself, Luong said he wanted to see the look on his wife's
face when he told her what he had done.
The children's grandmother, Dung Pham, was the first witness
called to the stand. She stated the family had told Luong he needed
to support his wife and children. Pham says Luong told her he would
look for a job. Kieu Pham, the children's mother, was also on the
Pham's sister-in-law took the stand next. She was the one who
identified the children's clothing. She says she remembered the
children didn't have jackets or shoes on.
Luong is facing five capital murder charges; one for each child,
and one collectively for all four. If convicted, he faces either
life in prison or the death penalty.
Over a week ago, Luong pleaded guilty, then reversed that
decision and now pleads not guilty. The jury consists of 10 men and
6 women, including alternates.
April Douglas will have updates on Fox10tv.com throughout the
day on the trial proceedings. Also, be sure to tune in to FOX10
News at 5:00 p.m. for the latest information.