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People v Sophy Kong

On September 20, 2018 a jury found defendant Sophy Kong guilty of first degree murder and found to be true the special circumstance of lying in wait. The jury further found the defendant guilty as charged of two counts of attempted 1st degree murder.

Washington were standing outside of Shooter’s Lounge and Bar in San Leandro chatting after the bar had closed for the evening. Defendant Kong and his friends approached the gentlemen outside of the bar and began to harass them making statements about “crips” and other gang affiliations. None of the men outside of the bar engaged with the defendant’s group, as they were uninterested in getting into a fight.

While the defendant’s group continued to try to engage Mr. Arnett and Mr. Washington, the defendant snuck around the group and approached Mr. Jackson from behind. He then shot Mr. Jackson in the head from point blank range, killing him. After the first shot, the group outside the bar scattered, running in different directions. The defendant fired several times at Mr. Arnett as Mr. Arnett ran from the scene. The defendant followed Mr. Washington up the street to the 15000 block of East 14th Street. Eventually, the defendant caught up to Mr. Washington and proceeded to pistol whip him in the head with the gun.

Although a doubt was declared as to the defendant’s competency by his attorney, all three of the appointed alienists concluded that the defendant was competent to stand trial. On September 29, 2017 a jury found that the defendant was competent to stand trial. On September 20, 2018 a jury found the defendant guilty of the crimes charged. On October 4, 2018 the same jury found the defendant was not legally insane at the time of the murder and attempted murders.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Danielle Hilton.

Posted on Nov 6, 2018