Saturday, September 19, 1998
Local student accused of murder in California
By JERRY DANIEL REED
Senior Staff Writer
A search of Bryan Modglin's Abilene apartment turned up evidence
tying him to the planning of the execution-style slaying of a
man in California on Tuesday, investigators say.
Modglin, 23, a medically discharged Air Force veteran who had
been attending Abilene Christian University as a first-semester
freshman, was being held Friday in Tarrant County on a no-bond
warrant issued by California authorities. He is accused of fatally
shooting Paul Wong, 40, in Norco, Calif., on Tuesday.
"We found some evidence that supported that this was indeed
planned prior to his leaving Texas for California," said
Bill Hartness, lead investigator on the case for the Riverside
County, Calif., Sheriff's Department. He declined to provide more
Modglin will be given a hearing at which he will be given a
chance to waive extradition, which Hartness predicted the suspect
will refuse. If the suspect fights extradition, it will take California
authorities four to six weeks to obtain a governor's extradition
warrant to return him to their jurisdiction, the detective said.
Meanwhile, two California women whom investigators identified
as cousins of Modglin remained jailed in Riverside County on $500,000
bonds each on charges of conspiracy and murder: Kristy Ann Lewis,
37, and her mother, Nona Lucille Lewis, 68, both of Norco, Calif.,
east of Los Angeles. The younger woman had been married to Fong,
a union that ended in a bitter three-year divorce and child custody
Fong was shot as many as 10 times Tuesday afternoon after he
arrived to pick up his and Kristy Lewis' 3-year-old son from a
day care center in Norco.
Modglin was arrested by airport police as he stepped off a
Los Angeles-to-Dallas flight several hours after the slaying.
He was held by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport police
for about two days before transfer to the Tarrant County Jail
in Fort Worth.
Hartness said Modglin lost his right arm in an automobile accident
in 1995 in San Antonio, when he was stationed at Dyess Air Force
Base. Modglin's home town is Benton, Ark., about 20 miles southwest
of Little Rock.
Hartness, fellow Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Joseph Belli,
and Abilene police detective Jay Hatcher executed the search warrant
at Modglin's residence in Indian Run Apartments.
The lead investigator requests that anyone with information
shedding light on the slaying of Fong to call Hatcher at the Abilene
Police Department, (915) 676-6614.
Jerry Reed can be reached at 676-6769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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