Crime & Justice

Pharmacy student faces trial for allegedly strangling, murdering disapproving mother

Pharmacy student Son Nguyen faces trial for allegedly strangling and murdering his mother. Nguyen became angry that his mother disapproved him going to pharmacy school, as she wanted him to become a physician.

At the time of the murder, Nguyen was a first-year student at Ross University in Dominica, located in the Caribbean. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Late at night on Dec. 20, 2008, Son Nguyen is accused of behing home with his 71-year-old mother Nuong during a break from school, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. They shared a room. Son allegedly argued with his mother and became angry she didn't support his desire to become a pharmacist, wanting him to become a physician.

Son allegedly strangled his mother to death in the bedroom during the argument, according to the DA's office. Son allegedly left his mother's body in the room and slept in his car, then called the police the next morning and told them his mother had passed away.

Nguyen has been charged with murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Opening statements were scheduled to begin today in Santa Ana.