Judge ac­cepts deal in Tempe shoot­ing

Chi­nese stu­dent killed in road rage in­ci­dent

Yuma Sun - - NEWS -

PHOENIX — A Mari­copa County Su­pe­rior Court judge ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in a road rage case in­volv­ing a woman who po­lice say shot and killed a Chi­nese stu­dent at Ari­zona State Univer­sity af­ter rear-end­ing the stu­dent’s car.

Holly Davis fa­tally shot 19-year-old Yue Jiang of China on Jan. 18, 2016, while Jiang’s boyfriend, En­dong Chen, sat next to her, ac­cord­ing to Tempe po­lice.

Davis was orig­i­nally charged with first-de­gree mur­der, but the pros­e­cu­tor and her at­tor­ney came to a plea deal of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der that would re­sult in a manda­tory 25-year prison sen­tence.

Judge War­ren Granville on Tues­day chose to ac­cept the plea agree­ment af­ter hear­ing state­ments from Jiang’s fam­ily who trav­eled to Ari­zona from China, KTVK-TV/KPHO-TV re­ported.

Jiang’s fa­ther, Yiy­ong, glared and pointed at Davis.

“How in­hu­mane you were to bru­tally mur­der my only daugh­ter,” he shouted in Chongqing, a di­alect of the Chi­nese language.

Once he fin­ished his state­ment to the judge through a trans­la­tor, he turned to Davis again and shouted in his language, “You mon­ster! Tell me why you mur­dered my daugh­ter!”

Davis got out of her Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, walked to the driver’s side door of the Mercedes Jiang and Chen were in and opened fire, po­lice said.

Badly wounded, Jiang tried to flee by mak­ing a U-turn, but crossed into on­com­ing traf­fic and col­lided with another car, Tempe po­lice spokes­woman Naomi Gal­braith said.

Jiang was trans­ported to a nearby hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. She later died of mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds to the torso.

En­dong told po­lice that he and Jiang did not know Davis, and they had no in­ter­ac­tion with her un­til she col­lided with them. He also told po­lice that there was no traf­fic dis­pute lead­ing up to the in­ci­dent.

En­dong and Jiang had just come from a gro­cery shop­ping trip sat an Asian gro­cery store, En­dong said. Nei­ther of them was armed, nor did they speak English.

Davis’ sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is sched­uled for Fri­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

YUE JIANG IS SHOWN IN LARGE PHO­TO­GRAPHS AT A ME­MO­RIAL over two years af­ter her death in Tempe on Mon­day. The fam­ily of 19-year-old Yeu Jiang trav­eled from China to Ari­zona this week to plead with a judge to re­ject a deal that pros­e­cu­tors made with...

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