Monday, October 7, 2013
Flower Mound murder suspect Anthony Tri Cong Huynh found not competent to stand trial
Reports suggest that the crimes may have been race-related.
FLOWER MOUND Lewisville resident Anthony Tri Cong Huynh, who is charged with killing a man in Flower Mound and shooting a man in Lewisville earlier this year, has been found not competent to stand trial with a probability of recovery.
Huynh, 40, is accused of shooting and killing Justin resident Darnell Lamont White on January 1. Police believe Huynh followed White from Target in Lewisville to a strip mall parking lot in the 500 block of Flower Mound Road, where the shooting occurred.
Police also believe Huynh shot Tyler resident Andre Williams in Lewisville on January 12 in the parking lot of the Suburban Extended Stay hotel in Lewisville, which carries an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. In addition, Huynh is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Michael Moore, chief of the felony trial division in Denton County, said Huynh's competency was raised by the defense attorney.
Judge Steve Burgess signed an order September 17 that allows Huynh to remain in a mental facility for 120 days while taking medication. If he regains competency before then, criminal proceedings will begin at that point. If he has not regained competency, the order could be extended.
"A defendant can't be brought to trial until they are competent," Moore said. "That includes assisting their attorney and understanding the proceedings."
According to police records, Huynh told police he followed White into Flower Mound because he observed White sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of Target, where White worked, and he believed White was casing the store or customers/employees and was acting suspiciously.
The report stated that as Huynh followed White, he used his flashlights strobe feature, which police said may be the reason White pulled into the strip mall parking lot.
The report stated that Huynh pulled up next to White and shot him several times.
Police reports also describe the January 12 shooting. They state Huynh told police he looked out his bedroom window at the hotel and saw Williams sitting in his car. Huynh then grabbed his flashlight and gun and went into the parking lot.
Huynh said as the victim drove past the him, Huynh felt fear and fired shots at the vehicle, the report states.
The report stated that both of the victims are black, and Huynh is Asian. Huynh told police he has had more difficulty with black people being confrontational with him and following him around.
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