Category Archives: Alabama

Lam Luong Sentenced to Death For Murder of Four Children

Lam Luong, who in January 2008 threw his four children off the Daupin Island Bridge, was sentenced to death in an Alabama courtroom Thursday.

Judge Charles Graddick sentenced Luong to death on Thursday after the jury recommended the death penalty in March. Luong was found guilty for the murders of Ryan Phan, 3; Hannah Luong, 2; Lindsey Luong, 1; and Danny Luong, 4 months when he threw them into the coastal waters of Alabama from the Daupin Island Bridge.

The average time between sentencing and execution in Alabama is 15 years. During that time Judge Graddick has ordered that Luong be shown photographs of the four children every day on death row.

Luong was also ordered to pay $50 million in restitution. That’s a debt that will not be paid because Luong could not afford legal council. The judge put the fee in the mix to ensure that if the man sells the rights to his story for a book or movie deal he will not profit from it.

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Family Shooting In Alabama Leaves 5 Dead


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A man facing divorce has alleged to have killed his wife, their teenage daughter and two other relatives before returning to his home and committing suicide.
Domestic violence seems to be the motive behind a shooting that has left five family members dead in Alabama.

Kevin Garner’s body was found at his Priceville, Alabama home. The home had been burnt to the ground. the sheriff’s office reports that he was shot in the chest by his own hand.

The divorce hearing was set to start on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday four bodies discovered near the Tennessee line. They have been identified as wife Tammy, 40; their 16-year-old daughter, Chelsie; Garner’s sister, Karen Beaty of Illinois; and Beaty’s 11-year-old son, whose name was not released. Garner is the top suspect in the murders.

It is believed that the victims were killed on Monday with a handgun.

Tammy Garner was seeking a divorce on grounds of abuse, she was trying to obtain sole custody and alleged that her husband had been physically and emotionally abusive.

Kevin Garner countered that she had been unfaithful and taken $38,000 out of their joint bank account when they separated on May 27.

Newser
reports:

“Now that we know the final end of it all it’s just going back and putting the pieces together,” Corley said. “We feel like this was solely a homicide, that he killed them, then went to the home. He used some type of accelerant that caused the home to burn very, very quickly, then walked about 200 yards back into a wooded area behind the house and took his life.”

The couple had been in court on Monday. Nothing at that time seemed out of place.

It is believed that Beaty and her son may have been on the witness list for the divorce case.

Garner had worked for a chemical company in Decatur. Tammy Garner worked at a department store in Huntsville.

MSNBC reports:

Jerry Knight, an attorney who represented Kevin Garner in the divorce case, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Garner “had a terrific work ethic and value system. I was terribly shocked and saddened by this unexpected tragedy.”


A Sheriff Grieves In Alabama

Geneva County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Myers got the message on his phone Tuesday. He had no idea that the request to return home had to do with his wife and three children had been injured in one of the worst gun tragedies ever in Alabama.
He had another message, the a suspect was firing on an officer during a chase.

Those two messages were connected.

He drove to Reliable Metal Products where a gunman killed himself. The man left behind victims in four other locations.

Myers, himself is now a widow due to the gunman. His wife Andrea and 1 1/2-year-old daughter Corinne Gracy. Ella Kay, 3 months-old is in hospital with bullet wounds. Only his son, 4, escaped injury. He was found hiding in the home after the shooting.

CNN reports:

“He was present when it happened,” Myers said. “He knows something’s wrong. He asked where mama was, and I had to tell him she was with Jesus. This is going to take a long time to work through it.”

Wife Andrea was holding Ella Kay and visiting with neighbours when the gun man, now identified as Michael McLendon, opened fire.

The neighbours that were on the Myers porch knew McLendon. They were his relatives.

Sheriff Myer‘s now is dealing with grief. Little Ella Kay will have surgery today in a Pensacola, Florida hospital to remove shrapnel near her femoral artery.

“It’s supposed to be me out here getting shot, not my family,” Myers said, speaking barely above a whisper. “I’d step out on the street any day and take a bullet for anybody in this community. Anybody. I take that risk when I go to work every day, I take that risk when I’m off.

“Nobody’s family should have this done,” he added, holding pictures of his wife and daughters.

Questions now are being asked as to why McLendon went on the rampage. All of the murders happened under an hour. That was four locations.

At one point McLendon was a police officer in Samson, one of the town’s in this tragedy. He failed to complete the ‘required training’ at the police academy in 2003 though according to police talking to CNN.

He “didn’t last a week and a half” at the police academy, according to Col. Christopher Murphy, director of the state’s Department of Public Safety. “He got no firearms training.”

AP reports:

The gunman had worked at Reliable Metal, said state Rep. Warren Beck, a Republican whose district includes Geneva.

“My secretary heard gunfire everywhere,” he said. “This is one of the most tragic events ever in Geneva County.”

The final carnage left dead and grieving in four towns.

McLendon started at the home he shared with his mother in Kinston. His mother’s remains were left in a burning home along with four dogs. She had been shot.

Samson saw other relatives and the Myer’s family gunned down.

He is also accused of shooting a man in a mobile home on his family member’s yard.

The last of McLendon’s victim were killed at a Big-Little Store service station. It appears this was a random shooting.

He fired onto the police that were in pursuit. His final stop was a business that had employed him in the past; Reliable plant in Geneva. There the police rammed his car forcing him to exit. He did so armed with what appeared to be an
16.

He entered the building and the police heard shots fired. The final death in the hour of carnage was his own.