Man Charged With Throwing Kids Off Bridge Changes Plea

An Alabama man has withdrawn his guilty plea to capital murder charges in the deaths of his four children tossed from a coastal bridge last year.

Lam Luong pleaded guilty last week and told the judge he wanted to be put to death.

But court officials said he withdrew that plea Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

The 38-year-old Vietnamese refugee apparently did not understand that Alabama law requires a trial in a capital murder case even with a guilty plea. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Attorneys could not be reached for comment on his decision because they were screening jurors for Luong's trial, which will begin when a jury is seated, possibly by Monday.

Previous Story, from 3/6/09:

A Vietnamese refugee accused of tossing his four young children to their deaths from a coastal Alabama bridge has pleaded guilty and asked to be put to death.

Lam Luong told a state court judge in Mobile on Thursday that he was pleading guilty to capital murder in the deaths at Dauphin Island Bridge on Jan. 8, 2008. He also asked for the death penalty.

The plea was made at a hearing on a change of venue motion. His trial is scheduled to start Monday.

Luong speaks Vietnamese and spoke to Circuit Judge Charles Graddick through an interpreter.

The children -- ages 4 months to 3 years -- were tossed from the bridge after Luong had an argument with his wife. A search recovered the bodies.

We'll let you know what the court decides.

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  • by Me Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    I agree with Alison, just killing him would be too easy. Just put him in a pretty dress and throw him in a cell with Big Bubba for a few days first-and no lube. Then kill him.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Mar 6, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    Alison, what land do you live in? Where would he suffer? Prison is a cake walk!
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 6, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    I think giving him the death penalty is too easy. Cowards way out. He needs to suffer a little more for what he did to those poor children.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    I say grant his wish. That will be at least one psycho that we don't have to feed for 20 years, not to mention waste the courts time with appeal after appeal.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    START POSTING MY COMMENTS PLEASE. Its getting ridiculous. I SAID, I think he should have to stay ALIVE to think about what he has done. What is so bad about that?
  • by Geez on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    He has requested death, so be it!!
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    Question. If this man has admitted his guilt, which he obviously knows he is guilty, why watse the taxpayers money and give him a trial? With the economy the way it is why would any state still swindell the taxpayer out of their money for no reason what so ever. Give him his wish.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    I'm with you Chris. Babies! They were all babies! How sad!
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    I have always been a strong supporter of the "make a wish" foundation. Maybe the state will make his wish come true!

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