[UPDATED with Gun Was Her Gift to Him:] Uyennie Ton, OC Homicide No. 44: Fiancé Philip Ngoc Nguyen Accused of Shooting Her in Head

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Philip Ngoc Nguyen
UPDATE, OCT. 10, 3:47 P.M.: The gun Philip Ngoc Nguyen used to kill his fiancée Uyennie Ton had been her gift to him, according to a prosecutor.

Meanwhile, the Orange County District Attorney's office has corrected its original account, stating that Ton did not live in the Fountain Valley trailer where her body was found and where Nguyen resides with his parents.

Ton and Nguyen were avid target shooters, and she gave her fiancé what would become a murder weapon as a present, Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste reportedly told the Los Angeles Times. The prosecutor did not disclose what kind of gun it was.

Balleste reportedly added that the case took several months to prepare--Ton died in February but Nguyen was only arrested Thursday--because detectives "had to scientifically prove" whether it could have been a suicide as the suspect and his mother said it was.

ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 7, 10:37 A.M.: When her future mother-in-law discovered the body of Uyennie Ton in her fiancé's bedroom in February, the older woman dialed 9-1-1 to report a suicide.

But, based on the gunshot wound to Ton's head, Fountain Valley police investigators determined the victim could not have killed herself.

Thursday, officers from the same agency arrested Philip Ngoc Nguyen for his fiancée's murder.

According to prosecutors, Nguyen originally proposed to Ton after she confronted the 25-year-old she had been with for three years about a sexual relationship he was having with another woman. He is accused of proposing marriage and promising to end the affair.

A few days later, on Feb. 25, Nguyen is said to have called the other woman to come over to his parents' Fountain Valley trailer home for sex. Nguyen and Ton both lived there as well. The phone call led to an argument that ended with Nguyen shooting Ton in the head, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

The sound of the gunshot awoke Nguyen's mother, who placed the emergency call about a suicide in her trailer. Her son is now charged with one felony count of murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and the personal use of a firearm causing death.

Currently being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail before his scheduled Tuesday arraignment, Nguyen could receive a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to the OCDA.

Ton's family resides in Westminster. There is a Facebook page for a Uyennie Ton of Westminster that indicates she's a 2002 graduate of Mater Dei High School. This is the admittedly small profile photo:

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One of that Uyennie Ton's Facebook friends is a Philip Nguyen, who is a 2005 Fountain Valley High School graduate. Here is his profile photo:

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That does not appear to be Ton next to him. (Writer's note--in the comments below, an anonymous reader who claims to have known the couple says these are their Facebook pages and that Ton is next to Nguyen above.)

Here's is the arrested Nguyen's booking photo, courtesy of the OCDA:

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Jv
Jv

I'm glad he is finally locked up and I really hope Philip really gets to suffer my friend did not deserve what that idiot did to her.

Elzde3
Elzde3

Ignorant people make quick ignorant judgements and statements. You should not post  something if you are assuming or guessing. The pic is Ton. Whether or not he is half South Vietnamese does not really have relevance as we all know that this thing happens in all races. As for which half is Vietnamese, not that it matters to this case or not but his father is and his mother is Caucasian. His father spent most of Philips life out of state and not really an influence in his life or behavior. His parents are not the blame of this very sad and unthinkable crime. His family and ton's lost their children to this senseless situation. Maybe he has some faults that need improved upon, but does that make him guilty and if he was that person you all describe then why did Winnie choose to be with him? Please have consideration for the loss the families suffer and make your comments based on truth and not opinions

Viksteindepickleye
Viksteindepickleye

Philip's father is not white, his mother is, and I do not believe he inherited murderous genes from either of them.  His parents have nothing to do with this horrific situation and maybe some of you should not be so quick to pass judgement on them.  Not only did they have nothing to do with this they lost their son and future daughter-in-law.

Ryan Best12
Ryan Best12

wow man i use to smoke weed and go out to lunch with this guy in high school.just saw him for the first time at the stumble inn the week before his arrest.

man cant believe it...

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Can you do more than just strike that sentence? 

Asd
Asd

I knew*

Asd
Asd

"​That does not appear to be Ton next to him." In a case such like this, it's important that you aren't quick to make such observations, especially when the pictures are "admittedly small." That girl in the picture is, in fact, Uyennie. I would know, because I'm knew both of them. 

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

looks like that dude is half-white... that means he must have got his murderous genes from his white daddy

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Though you are anonymous, I will trust you and strike that sentence. Can you also email me: mcoker@ocweekly.com plez?

Zak
Zak

No they are short tempered both the men and woman, even the ones that like both.

Black Stocking Fetish
Black Stocking Fetish

Nope he got his Murder and Coward side from being half South Vietnamese..  Remember How the South Vietnamese were Cowards?  Remember How the South Soldiers didn't want to venture at Night,  while the North Soldiers were creeping up on them at 3 in the morning.     If you want proof,   Go on Youtube under any Vietnamese Video that's Popular and Leave a Rude Comment..  within a few days check your inbox and see how many South Vietnamese will threaten to Cut your head off and eat it then shit it out.   Very Crazy Folks... Cant Blame them..  Most regions over the years tried to Invade them and Mess with them..  Made them Pissed People.

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