Defense attorney files motions in murder case
From staff reports
The attorney for one of three men facing murder charges in connection with a drive-by shooting has moved to have some evidence and statements suppressed.
Minneapolis attorney William Gatton has asked for a hearing on his motions. He represents Viengvilay Phetsomphou, 20, of Rochester, who is accused of driving the get-away car Feb. 24 after Samoeun Sam was killed walking out of a northwest Rochester home.
Samphan Roeun, 21, of Minneapolis, is allegedly the one who fired the shots. Another Minneapolis man, Michael Emmanuel Hughes, 20, is also charged. An Olmsted County grand jury has indicted all three on 14 felonies, including first-degree premeditated murder. They also are accused of committing the crime for the benefit of a gang.
In his motion, Gatton seeks to suppress evidence obtained from searches and seizures, any confessions Phetsomphou made and evidence obtained through identification procedures. He did not elaborate in his motion.
An omnibus hearing for Phetsomphou and Hughes is set for May 9. An evidentiary hearing was scheduled for Thursday for Roeun but was removed from the court calendar and hasn't been rescheduled.