|Wong Convicted on Two Counts of Murder|
Published: Friday, 17 August 2012 00:56
An Alameda County Superior Court jury has convicted Andrew Toon Wong on two counts of murder. Wong, who once worked as an assistant manager at the Safeway at South Shore, now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering David Wells on July 31, 2008, and Quang "John" Quach on April 3 2009. Sentencing is set for Nov. 30. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office decided not to seek the death penalty.
According to court papers, police found Wells, who delivered cookies to the South Shore Safeway, dead in a parking lot near Oakland International Airport. Wong allegedly shot Quach, inside Quach's home in the 600 block of Foothill Boulevard in Oakland. Quach worked the overnight shift at Safeway stocking food.
According to Officer Jeff Thomason, Oakland police spokesman, Wong owed both men money and allegedly decided to kill them instead of repaying them. "I'll shoot someone if I keep losing," Wong reportedly told a friend.
Tom Rogers, a pathologist in the Alameda County coroner's office, told reporters that Wong had shot both men in the head.
Police arrested Wong six days after Quach's murder at Wong's parents' home on Shannon Circle on Bay Farm Island and charged him with murdering both men. When making the arrest police found dozens of guns. ("Alameda Man Arrested in Double Murder Case," April 15, 2009). When they arrested Wong, police were able to connect him to the Wells murder committed some nine months earlier.
In his closing argument Assistant District Attorney Autrey James told the members of the jury that they should convict Wong of murdering Wells and Quach. James reminded the jurors that Wong admitted to his mother that he had murdered the men and that he had bragged about the killings.
Wong's defense attorney Tim Pori told the jury that Wong's bragging about the murders was not enough evidence to convict his client beyond a reasonable doubt. Pori told the jury that Wong lived in a fantasy world created by playing too many video games. Pori said that Wong often made statements full of "murder and mayhem," but no one believed his client's tall tales.