MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The state will be showing the first interrogation videoconducted by the Bayou la Batre Police Department. The video willbe a first glimpse into Luong speaking English to authorities.
The state made their opening arguments in the capital murdertrial of Lam Luong Monday morning. Luong is accused of throwing hisfour children off the Dauphin Island Bridge last January.
In their opening statement, the state says after Luong allegedlythrew Ryan, Hannah, Lindsey and Danny off the bridge, he drovehimself to the Bayou la Batre Police Department. They say he toldthe police what he had allegedly done, and took them to the bridgewhere he says he threw the children off. When asked why he didn'tkill himself, Luong said he wanted to see the look on his wife'sface when he told her what he had done.
The children's grandmother, Dung Pham, was the first witnesscalled to the stand. She stated the family had told Luong he neededto support his wife and children. Pham says Luong told her he wouldlook for a job. Kieu Pham, the children's mother, was also on thestand.
Pham's sister-in-law took the stand next. She was the one whoidentified the children's clothing. She says she remembered thechildren 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 eitherlife in prison or the death penalty.
Over a week ago, Luong pleaded guilty, then reversed thatdecision and now pleads not guilty. The jury consists of 10 men and6 women, including alternates.
April Douglas will have updates on Fox10tv.com throughout theday on the trial proceedings. Also, be sure to tune in to FOX10News at 5:00 p.m. for the latest information.
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