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GG man facing death penalty

A GARDEN GROVE man faces the death penalty after the state Supreme Court rejected his appeal in the shooting deaths of four people in 1999 (Shutterstock).

The way has been cleared for a Garden Grove man convicted of four 1999 murders to receive the death penalty.

Anh The “Fat John” Duong, then 27, was convicted in January 2003 of three counts of first degree murder and one count of second-degree murder by a Pomona Superior Court jury. The jurors also concluded that “special circumstances” –namely multiple homicides – which made Duong eligible for capital punishment.

In California, death penalty convictions are automatically appealed.

The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal based on the argument that the defendant did not receive a fair trial because of adverse publicity, including his case being featured on the “America’s Most Wanted” TV show.

He was charged in March 2001 and arrested the next July. He was then formally indicted in October 2001 for the killings at a pool hall in El Monte in Los Angeles County.

Killed in the shooting were:

  • Minh Tran of West Covina;
  • Hao Trang of El Monte;
  • Robert Norman of Garden Grove;
  • Lan Cang of Long Beach.


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