- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

MOBILE, ALA. (AP) - A lawyer for a man accused of tossing four young children to their deaths from an Alabama bridge has asked a jury to return a reduced charge of manslaughter against his client.

Greg Hughes, who represents Vietnamese refugee Lam Luong at his murder trial, said Thursday that Luong was on drugs when he threw the children from a Gulf coast bridge in January 2008.

District Attorney John Tyson urged jurors during closing arguments in Mobile to convict Luong of murder. He said the defendant was not intoxicated at the time and committed a “vengeful, spiteful crime” against his family.

The jury began deliberations just before noon. Prosecutors have said they will seek a death sentence if Luong is convicted of murder.

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