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IKO TRIAL: Teen convicted in Halloween slaying

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Photo courtesy of the Alameda Police Department

After four hours of deliberations Monday, a jury voted to find Quochuy “Tony” Tran guilty of the Halloween 2007 slaying of Ichinkhorloo “Iko” Bayarsaikhan.

The jury voted to convict Tran, who was 16 when the killing occurred, of first degree murder for shooting and killing Bayarsaikhan in Washington Park during what Deputy District Attorney Tim Wellman characterized as a botched robbery attempt. They also added a gun enhancement to the charge, which Wellman said means they believe Tran was the triggerman in the shooting.

Five other boys have already been convicted of murder in connection with the killing in juvenile court.

“Hearing the verdict, it was like the second time killing my daughter,” Bayarsaikhan’s mother, Uranchimeg Khishigdorj, said Monday after the verdict was read. Still, she said she was relieved Tran was found guilty, and she thanked the judge and the jury for their hard work in handling the case.

“What we need to do now is move forward with my son,” Khishigdorg said. Her son, who turned 17 the night Bayarsaikhan was killed and who was present in Judge Carrie Panetta’s Oakland courtroom when the verdict was read, is attending college locally.

Wellman said he was pleased the jury reached a guilty verdict in the case. “The defendant is going to be held accountable for the violent conduct which cost Iko her life,” he said.

Tran’s attorney, Annie Beles, did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

Wellman told jurors that Tran and his friends came to Alameda from Oakland to go trick-or-treating. But their Halloween fun dissolved into a series of armed confrontations that ended in Bayarsaikhan’s death in the park, where the 15-year-old Alameda High School junior, her brother and eight friends were hanging out, he said. He brought 38 witnesses to the stand to make his case.

Beles argued that Wellman failed to prove that Tran shot Bayarsaikhan, who died from a single bullet wound in the back less than an hour after she was shot. She said another teen from Tran’s group, who had originally implicated Tran in the shooting but later took the blame from the stand at Tran’s trial, was responsible for shooting Bayarsaikhan.

Tran’s sentencing hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. on August 20.

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