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Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Triple Wichita Killing

staff - April 9, 2016 7:14 am

A southern Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually attacked a mother of four before fatally setting her on fire.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A southern Kansas prosecutor says he’ll seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his girlfriend and two of her relatives in 2014.

The Wichita Eagle reports Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett announced during Vinh Van Nguyen’s arraignment Friday that he’ll ask jurors to consider execution as punishment if Nguyen is convicted.

Nguyen is charged in the slayings of 45-year-old Tuyet Huynh, her 20-year-old daughter, Trinh Pham, and 21-year-old Sean Pham.

An attorney for 42-year-old Nguyen waived his client’s right to have the charges read aloud in court, and a plea of not guilty was entered on Nguyen’s behalf.

Nguyen has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Nguyen immigrated to the U.S. less than 10 years ago.

He’s jailed on $2 million bond.