Philong Huynh faces the possibility of life in prison.
Philong Huynh faces the possibility of life in prison.

[UPDATED: Guilty] Trial Begins for Philong Huynh, Accused of Sexually Assaulting and Murdering a Hurley Intern in 2008

UPDATE, JUNE 26, 4:28 P.M.: On Friday, Philong Huynh was convicted of murdering and raping Dane Williams, a 23-year-old Huntington Beach resident and Hurley intern, before dumping his body in an alley in October 2008.

Based on a special circumstance of sodomy in the case, the San Diego County Superior Court sentenced Huynh to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Further details of the case are in earlier updates.

UPDATE, JUNE 2, 3:11 P.M.: On Wednesday, the opening statements were presented for the case accusing 40-year-old Philong Huynh of sexually abusing and then killing his 23-year-old victim, Dane Williams

Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Means

Nearly three days later, around 6 a.m. on Jan. 29, Williams' body was discovered in an alley 7 miles from where he was last seen, bloody and wrapped in a blanket.

Despite a police investigation, the case went without any leads for more than a year. Family, friends and members of the surf community hosted a rally in Downtown San Diego on the one-year anniversary of Williams' death, calling for justice.

In September 2009, Huynh was arrested after DNA evidence found on a separate victim, a Navy man who survived the incident, linked Huynh to the DNA found on Williams' clothing. Huynh pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Reports say that Huynh drugged his victims with Benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer similar to Valium. In both incidents, the victims were missing their underwear.

Huynh is gay and a diagnosed schizophrenic. Prior to the incident, Huynh had a criminal record, including being an Arizona-based parole violator, stemming from a 1998 charge for kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.


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