Guilty verdict reached in 2003 double homicide

2013-01-11 10:02:54

LENWOOD • Two men charged in a 2003 double homicide, which included dumping and burning the victims’ bodies in a remote part of Lenwood, were found guilty late Wednesday.

Garrett Ige, 27, and Lawrence Hughes, 28, face life without the possibility of parole for the deaths of Haang “Edward” Chin and Cheuk “Alan” Cheung — both from the San Gabriel Valley.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict, along with special circumstances of multiple murders and lying in wait, after two days of deliberations and a trial that lasted approximately five weeks.

“I’m pleased that the jury reached the correct verdict,” Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty said.

In 2003, a local man found the victims’ bodies badly burned near Interstate 15 and Lenwood Road. Cheung had a wire wrapped around his neck and both had plastic on their head and face. Both men were believed to have died from suffocation.

Daugherty had argued in court that evidence showed both were lured to a home in San Gabriel and killed in an up close and intimate manner, thus cause for the lying in wait special circumstance.

Ige’s late brother, Kenden, had been previously found guilty of the murders in February 2008 and sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. In 2007, additional police investigation led to the arrests of Garrett Ige, from Monterey Park and Hughes, who had been serving time in a medium security prison in Adelanto.

Attorneys for Ige and Hughes could not be reached for comment.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 11.

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