November 10, 1995 |
Jurors deliberated Thursday the fate of a young man accused of murdering a 64-year-old German tourist and wounding her husband last year at a scenic mountain overlook. "This case is one of the strongest cases ever presented to a jury," Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Bentley said in closing arguments Wednesday. He said witness identifications, physical evidence and a confession show that Thongxay Nilakout, 18, was clearly the man who shot Gisela Pfleger.
February 9, 1996 |
A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for taking part in the murder of a German tourist at a scenic mountain overlook in 1994. Kamchan "Brett" Ketsouvannasane of Banning also received a six-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon on Klaus Pfleger. Pfleger was shot in the face and seriously injured during the robbery along a highway in the San Jacinto Mountains. His wife, Gisela Pfleger, 64, was shot to death.
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July 9, 1994 |
A traffic stop in Newport Beach led to the arrest of three teen-agers accused of shooting a German tourist to death and wounding her husband, according to recently unsealed warrants. All three teen-agers have been charged with murder and armed robbery. Accused gunman Thongxay Nilakout, 17, was also charged with attempted murder, and the two others, Xou Yang and Kamchan (Brett) Ketsouvannasane, both 19, were charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
November 16, 1995 |
A second suspect was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a German tourist near Idyllwild and, like the previously convicted triggerman, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
November 14, 1995 |
A soft-faced teen-ager who previously was identified by a German tourist as "the swine" who murdered his wife and left him for dead at a scenic mountain viewpoint was convicted Monday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery. The jury deliberated less than two days before returning the verdicts against Thongxay Nilakout, 18.