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.
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.