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Gang Members Convicted in Ngor Death

April 16, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two of three gang members accused of killing Haing Ngor were found guilty today of murdering and robbing the Oscar-winning actor in an alley outside his apartment.

Two separate juries found Tak Sun Tan, 21, and Jason Chan, 20, guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery in the 1996 killing of Ngor. The jury deliberating the case against Chan also found that an allegation that he personally used a firearm was untrue.

A third jury deliberated the case against Indra Lim, 20.

The three gang members were charged with killing Ngor during a robbery in an alley behind his Chinatown area apartment in February, 1996.

Ngor, who escaped from Cambodia in 1980, won an Academy Award for the 1984 film ``The Killing Fields,″ in which he drew on his first-hand experience as a victim of torture in Cambodia’s genocide under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Pol Pot died of heart failure Wednesday.

After Ngor’s killing, rumors spread that it was a political assassination. No such evidence was ever presented.

Police quickly arrested the three members of the Oriental LazyBoyz street gang.

The prosecution claimed the gang killed Ngor for money to buy crack cocaine. But defense attorneys said their clients were innocent and pointed to the fact that nearly $3,000 in cash was left on the back seat of Ngor’s car the night he was killed.

However, prosecutors said, Ngor’s $6,000 Rolex watch was missing as was a gold locket he wore which contained a photo of his dead wife, who died in childbirth.

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