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David Hang convicted of killing Jessica Nguyen

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The stepfather of a murdered 12-year-old honors student was convicted of killing her Wednesday.

The jury convicted David Hang of first degree murder in the slaying Jessica Nguyen.

Last May, Jessica was found stabbed to death in the basement of her family's Gaithersburg townhome. The Medical Examiner said she was stabbed 45 times.

For Jessica's family, the seven-day trial brought back horrible memories of her death.

"It was difficult for us to watch during the trial but worth it to bring him to justice," Jessica's uncle, Hoang Dinh, said.

Prosecutors say cellphone records indicated Hang was within one mile of Nguyen's home, and his DNA was found on the sheath of a small sword in the home. They claim Hang was angry over a drawn out divorce with Nguyen's mother.

The defense argued that Hang was at a doctor’s appointment in Northern Virginia at the time of Jessica's death. They say it would have been impossible for him to kill Jessica within the 45 minute period the prosecution alleges Hang was unaccounted for.

Hang's attorneys added the 43-year-old liked his step-daughter and had no reason to murder her.

It took the jury about six hours to come to the guilty verdict. As it was read in court, Hang broke down in tears, a contrast to his demeanor during Tuesday's closing arguments.

"He was laughing during closing arguments. Today, he's not laughing anymore," Prosecutor Stephen Chaikin said.

Hang is scheduled to be sentenced on October 29. Prosecutors plan to ask for life without the possibility of parole. 

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