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Man used gun fiancee gave him to kill her, prosecutor says

An unemployed Fountain Valley man accused of having killed his fiancee during an argument over another girlfriend shot her with a gun she had given him as a present, a prosecutor alleged Friday.

Phillip Nguyen, 25, was arrested Thursday and charged with the February death of Uyennie Ton, whom he’d been dating for three years, said Sonia Balleste, an Orange County deputy prosecutor.

Contrary to earlier reports, Ton did not live with Nguyen at his family’s trailer home in Fountain Valley.

Nguyen and Ton were target-practice fans, and Ton had given him the gun as a present, Balleste said, declining to state what kind of gun it was.

On Feb. 25, Nguyen allegedly shot Ton with the gun during an argument over another woman he’d been having sex with. Her death was originally reported by Nguyen and his mother as a suicide.

The case took several months to prepare, Balleste said, because detectives “had to scientifically prove whether it could have happened the way they said it happened.”


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