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Fountain Valley man charged in fiancee's shooting death

October 7, 2011 | 10:32 am

A Fountain Valley man accused of fatally shooting his fiancee during an argument over his other girlfriend was in custody Friday, officials said.

Philip Ngoc Nguyen, 25, was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of murder and using a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces 50 years to life in prison.

He was living in his parents' trailer home in Fountain Valley with his girlfriend, Uyennie Ton, who discovered in February that he had been having a sexual relationship with another woman, according to a police report.

When she confronted him, he promised to end the relationship and asked Ton to marry him.

On the night of Feb. 25, Nguyen allegedly called the other woman and asked her to come to his home for sex. She declined, and Ton and Nguyen argued about the phone call.

During the argument, Nguyen allegedly shot Ton in the head, prosecutors said. His mother awoke and called 911, reporting Ton had committed suicide.

Fountain Valley police determined that, based on Ton’s wounds, suicide wasn’t a possibility. It was unclear why it took almost eight months to file charges and arrest Nguyen.


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