Black magic and a family curse will be on display in the trial this week of one of three people charged with capital murder in the death of an elderly Vietnamese couple in Arlington.
Testimony in the trial of Bobby James Guillory, 55, of Katy, began Tuesday.
Authorities allege that Bobby Guillory and his nephew, were hired by a purveyor of black magic, Dephne Wright, 46, of Houston, after she was approached by a relative of the victims to remove a curse from the family business.
Authorities allege that Wright sent Bobby Guillory, who brought along his nephew, Willie Guillory, to kill the husband and wife on July 10, 2012, in their apartment in the 3600 block of Waverly Drive. Willie Guillory was 16 at the time.
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Police found the bodies of Long Nguyen, 72, and his wife, Huong Ly, 63, inside their bedroom closet, beaten, bound and gagged with duct tape.
“The victims were suffocated, left sucking against duct tape for air that never came until their bodies went cold. ... The defendants planted evidence at the scene, so the case went cold by design,” prosecutor Nikki Rhodes said during her opening statement. “But thanks to forensic science, this case was finally solved.”
Detectives got a break in the case in October 2015 when a possible DNA match was discovered from a marijuana joint recovered at the scene. Detectives were notified Nov. 2, 2015, that the suspect’s DNA matched what was found on the joint at the scene of the homicide.
The suspect, Willie Guillory, now 23, was arrested for a parole violation after being linked to the killings.
Bobby Guillory’s trial is expected to continue Wednesday in Criminal District Court No. 3. Trials for both Willie Guillory and Wright are pending.
This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives.