On September 27th, 2016, trial proceedings officially began for Charity “Katie” Nguyen, a New Orleans East woman accused of plotting the 2013 murder of her then-husband Lien Nguyen. According to prosecutors, Lien, who was found by a bystander in a ditch alongside a New Orleans East road with gunshot wounds to the head and chest, uttered the word “wife” in his final moments when asked who had shot him.
Charity, who had at the time been having an affair with alleged accomplice Khoi Hoang, is accused of conspiring with her lover to get rid of her husband and father of three children by enlisting the services of a hitman in exchange for $10,000 and a pound of marijuana.
Attorney Gregory Carter, Ms. Nguyen’s counsel, alleges that while she may indeed have been unfaithful, she is not the cold-blooded killer that the prosecution has painted her to be. “She’s on trial because if you’re unfaithful and your husband ends up dead, they point the finger at you,” Attorney Carter commented. “That’s it.”
Ms. Nguyen is charged with second-degree murder and faces life imprisonment if convicted. For more information about this high-profile case, visit the following links: