January 10, 2008
BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) -- A judge has denied bond for a man
accused of throwing four young children to their deaths from an
80-foot-tall coastal bridge in Alabama after a fight with his wife.
Thirty-seven-year-old Lam Luong -- who once lived in Georgia --
is charged with four counts of capital murder. He was shackled hand
and foot and wore a bullet-proof vest amid heavy security at the
brief bond hearing. A defense attorney was appointed, but no
arguments were made on his behalf.
Authorities say Luong was charged in the deaths of the children,
who range in age from 4 months to 3 years, when he broke down and
confessed after initially telling investigators his girlfriend had
failed to return them.
In denying bond, District Judge Charles McKnight described the
allegations in the capital murder case as "heinous."
Luong has a crack cocaine possession charge pending in Georgia
and his wife's brother-in-law describes Luong as a drug addict.
Authorities say Luong is believed to have thrown the children from
the bridge after an argument with his wife, but they gave no
details on what the dispute was about.
Luong was arrested October 10th in Hinesville on a charge of
possessing crack cocaine. According to a police report, he called
police and "requested an officer at his residence because he had
used narcotics and wanted to turn himself in."
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