4 charged in poisoning of young runawayby Tucson Citizen on Mar. 03, 2007, under Local
The Associated Press
Four people have been charged with negligent homicide in the Feb. 18 death by alcohol poisoning of a 13-year-old runaway Phoenix girl.
Brenda Nguyen died after drinking about a fifth of vodka in less than an hour. Clayton Koepke, 18; his friend, Armando Hernandez Jr., 18; Hernandez’s mother, Ana Laura Hernandez, 44; and her boyfriend, Scott Franze, 38, already faced child abuse charges.
According to a police probable-cause statement filed in court, Koepke wanted Nguyen to drink heavily so he could have sex with her. She fell unconscious and began having seizures. The four watched her for three hours, including performing CPR at times, records said. Then they went to bed. They found her dead in the morning.
- The Associated Press