Dane Williams Case: Death Penalty off the Table

Philong Huynh is charged with killing the Orange County man

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    Philong Huynh (left) is accused of murdering Dane Williams, who was last seen leaving a Gaslamp Bar in January 2008.

    A City Heights man accused of sexually assaulting and killing an Action Sports convention-goer won't face the death penalty.

    Philong Huynh, 40, is accused of sexual assault and murder in the death of Dane Williams, who was last seen leaving a Gaslamp bar in January 2008 while in town for the Action Sports Retailers convention. Three days after his disappearance, Williams' body was found in a rug in the north alley of 5200 Landis Street in City Heights, one block from Huynh's home.

    Huynh still faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to prosecutors.

    Huynh is also accused of sexually assaulting a second young man, a sailor in his early 20s identified as Jeremiah R., who testified in court in a preliminary hearing that he met Huynh downtown on June 6, 2009, eventually heading to Ocean and Mission beaches, and even Mexico. After complaining of a headache, he said Huynh gave him what he thought was Tylenol. He later blacked out.

    Man Accused of Murder in Dane Williams Case

    [DGO] Man Accused of Murder in Dane Williams Case
    Dane Williams, the Orange County resident who disappeared while in San Diego for the Action Sports Retailer Convention last year, was drugged and sexually assaulted before his body was dumped in an alley in City Heights. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009)

    The next day, Jeremiah testified, he woke up on a bus. Subsequent tests showed he was sexually assaulted.

    Detectives working on Jeremiah R.’s case identified Huynh as a suspect and determined that DNA evidence collected after the crime in June matched evidence gathered in the Williams' case.