Late last week, Minnesota police officers responded to the home of an elderly man, identified as Pang Se Vang, and his 34-year-old son Chue Vang to investigate a murder. On arrival, officers found the body of Chue who had died of gunshot wounds. Reports indicate that 84-year-old Pang murdered his son because he refused to have cable installed in the home.
Pang allegedly told police that he murdered his son and then attempted to take his own life by stabbing himself in an effort to continue the argument over the cable bill "in the afterlife." Officers transported the elderly man to the hospital to treat several, allegedly, self-inflicted stab wounds. He has since been charged with second-degree murder.
Reports indicate that 84-year-old Pang is the oldest individual in the Minnesota County to be charged with murder. And, while his statements regarding his desire to continue to fight with his son in the afterlife may be grounds for an insanity defense, more details will need to be developed to determine if that is the route Pang's criminal defense attorney's pursue.
Insanity is a valid defense to a charge of murder in Nevada. However, to prove insanity one must undergo intense court-sanctioned evaluations. Further, an individual who is determined to truly be insane may not have the ability to fully understand the charges against them and assist in their case, and proceeding to trial on the murder charges may be postponed.
Other defenses exist to combat a charge of murder but they will depend on the particular facts and circumstances of the case. If you, or someone you know, is facing murder charges or charges for another violent crime, it is imperative that you contact a skilled attorney to evaluate your case and help you to present a defense.
The Las Vegas criminal attorneys at Brown Law Offices have the experience needed to handle all criminal defense matters, including homicide charges. The former prosecutors are available to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your options. Call our office 24/7 to schedule your consultation. (702) 405-0505.