Trial Begins For Man Charged With Killing Young Stepdaughter

David Rich Hang is accused of murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Jessica Nguyen, in her Gaithersburg home.


The trial for a man charged in the killing of his 12-year-old stepdaughter in her Gaithersburg home began Tuesday, according to a report by The Gazette.

, nearly five months after the girl was found stabbed to death in her basement.

Hang's Lawyer Brian D. Shefferman, a Montgomery County public defender, told the jury his client was nowhere near the home when Nguyen was killed on May 31, 2011. He called the incident an “unbelievable tragedy” and denied any accusation that Hang had anything to do with the crime, The Gazette reported.

, Montgomery County prosecutors said at his bond review. Family members found Nguyen in their home on Raven Avenue in Gaithersburg.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Chaikin, the stress of Hang's marriage to Jessica’s mother, Khen Kim Vu— — led to the killing, The Gazette's report states.

Hang had lived with the Nguyen family in late 2005 and early 2006, . He and Jessica’s mother were married in June 2006, but he moved out in February 2007. While there no reports of domestic violence, it “was certainly not a good relationship,” Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said.

Hang filed for an uncontested divorce from Nguyen's mother in October 2010. The divorce dragged out for months, culminating in court proceedings in the days before Nguyen's murder. A week after the girl's death, it was determined that the case could not be resolved because of “continuing involvement” with immigration officials, court records show.

Hang had worked as a RideOn driver in Montgomery County from 2007-2011.

Read the full report on day one of Hang's trial on The Gazette.

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