It didn’t take a Texas jury long to determine how long the man who killed Husin Bi and left his charred remains in a car’s trunk should spend in prison.
After 26 minutes of deliberation, the jury sentenced Lopphay Gum Pratommarath to life in prison for first-degree murder, according to the 47th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The decision was handed down earlier this month.
In March 2020, police learned of a homicide that happened an illegal gaming establishment, according to prosecutors.
Offices found blood outside and went inside to find blood and evidence the house had been cleaned. However, no victim was found.
That same day, authorities responded to a fire and found a body was bound in the trunk. The victim was later identified as Bi.
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Days later, a witness called detectives and said they were present for the shooting, according to prosecutors. The witness said there was an argument over stolen money and Bi was shot in the head.
The witness also provided photographs of the victim after Pratommarath dragged the remains into the kitchen, prosecutors said.
Other witnesses confirmed that Pratommarath shot Bi during an argument. DNA from the scene showed BI’s blood present, and both the victim’s and suspect’s DNA were on items consistent with the moving of the body and cleaning the house.
Pratommarath had previously been convicted of burglary.
In a matter of minutes, the jury decided he should never be free again.
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