10.26.2011

man charged in murder of 12-year-old girl

This is a really awful story out of Maryland, about a 12-year-old girl who was found stabbed to death in her home earlier this year. According to prosecutors, Jessica Nguyen was killed by a man who was angry at her family: Man arrested in Jessica Nguyen's slaying was mad at her family, say prosecutors.

42-year-old David R. Hang had apparently entered into a sham marriage with Jessica's mother to help her gain citizenship, but had difficulty getting out of it after he fell in love and married someone else too. DNA evidence links Hang to Jessica's murder:
Prosecutors say that in the afternoon or early evening of May 31, Hang went into the townhouse where Jessica lived with members of her extended family. He is accused of stabbing and cutting her. A sheath made to hold a small sword was left near her body.

About 7:30 p.m., an aunt asked Jessica's teenage sister, who had fallen asleep before starting her homework, to find her. The sister looked upstairs to no avail and eventually found Jessica dead in the basement.

Detectives talked to all of the townhouse residents. They also questioned Hang, who had lived there in the past and at one point had a key, Chaikin said in court. Forensic evidence helped build their case.
No matter what kind of difficulties this guy was having with this family -- and it looks like he was in some deep s#%t -- I can't fathom how anyone could kill a young girl like that. Hang is charged with first degree murder. If found guilty, Hang will face life in prison without the possibility of parole. More here: 12-Year-Old's Murder Linked to Immigration Scam.