Ala. Supreme Court rules child killer remains on death row

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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA ) – In a decision from the Alabama Supreme Court Friday morning, March 14 Lam Luong will remain on death row for his crimes. Luong was convicted of killing his four children by throwing them off the Dauphin Island Bridge in 2008.

In 2008, Luong was arrested and eventually convicted in 2009 for throwing the children, ages four months to three years, from the Dauphin Island Bridge because he was angry with his wife.  The children’s bodies were eventually recovered after an extensive search from Alabama to Louisiana.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a new trial for the former shrimper after an appeal was requested by Luong’s defense attorneys. The Court of Appeals ruling, in turn, was appealed by the Mobile County District Attorney’s office to the Alabama Supreme Court.

In the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling, the court stated,  “Because the record establishes that the trial court considered the reasonableness of Luong’s request and provided a means for Luong to develop mitigation evidence, the trial court did exceed the scope of its discretion in denying Luong’s request for funds for his counsel to travel to Vietnam to investigate mitigation evidence, and the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals holding otherwise is reversed.”

Luong, who is of African-American and Vietnamese descent, lived in the Bayou La Batre area of Mobile County.

In addition, the Alabama Supreme Court stated, “The record does not support the conclusion that the community’s initial feelings of shock and reprehensibility at the time the offenses were discovered were present in the venire for Luong’s trial.”

Luong’s trial and the search for the dead children received extensive media coverage, both locally and nationally.

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