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May 26, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two 19-year-old Banning residents were arrested early Wednesday by Riverside County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators in the slaying of a 62-year-old German tourist and the wounding of her husband last week near Idyllwild. Authorities said the two men were associates of an Asian street gang, but that gang activity was not believed to be a factor in the attack on the couple. They were shot at a scenic viewpoint alongside California 243, overlooking Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains.
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November 10, 1995 | Associated Press
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.
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November 10, 1995 | Associated Press
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.
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May 26, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two 19-year-old Banning residents were arrested early Wednesday by Riverside County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators in the slaying of a 62-year-old German tourist and the wounding of her husband last week near Idyllwild. Authorities said the two men were associates of an Asian street gang, but that gang activity was not believed to be a factor in the attack on the couple. They were shot at a scenic viewpoint alongside California 243, overlooking Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains.
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February 9, 1996 | Times wire services
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 | From Associated Press
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.
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November 16, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 30, 1994 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A third teen-ager was arrested Sunday in the slaying of a German tourist and the wounding of her husband earlier this month on a mountain highway near the Riverside County community of Idyllwild, authorities said. The suspect, a 17-year-old whose name was not released because of his age, is believed to have been the triggerman in the May 16 robbery and shooting, said Riverside County Sheriff Cois Byrd. He was arrested early Sunday in a suburb of Salt Lake City.
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November 14, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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