Calgary

Triple murder suspect accused of gunning down couple in front of boy gets bail

The man accused of three gang-ordered murders including the killing of a Calgary mother and her partner in front of her five-year-old son has been released on bail.

Jimmy Truong, 27, is charged with 3 counts of 1st-degree murder and is believed to be connected to FK gang

Jimmy Truong is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Cuc Lung, Quang Tran and Phu Phan. CPS released this photo of Truong when they were looking for a person of interest in connection to the killings. (Calgary Police Service)

The man accused of three gang-ordered murders including the killing of a Calgary mother and her partner in front of her five-year-old son has been released on bail on a number of strict conditions.

The conditions include that he wear an ankle monitoring bracelet while on 24-hour house arrest.

Jimmy Truong, 27, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, was granted release by Court of Queen's Bench Justice David Labrenz on Thursday afternoon following a bail hearing that began last month.

The evidence presented at the hearing by prosecutor Adam May and defence lawyer Derek Jugnauth is protected by a publication ban, as are Labrenz's reasons for granting bail. 

Truong cannot own a cellphone and has also been ordered to stay away from a number of people, several of whom have deep ties to organized crime and to a bloody gang war in Calgary that left at least 25 people dead.

One of the people Truong cannot be in contact with is FK gangster Billy Ly, who is facing a conspiracy to commit murder charge in B.C. in connection with a plot to kill the notorious Bacon brothers.

That plot left an innocent man dead in a case of mistaken identity. 

Ly was also accused of trying to kill rival gangster and suspected FOB leader Nick Chan, but his charge was stayed

Notorious FK gangsters Daniel Landry and Shaun Roberts were also named as people with whom Truong is prohibited from contacting.

Boy witnessed shooting

In September 2016, Cuc Lung and Quang Tran were gunned down in a car outside their home on Redstone Manor in northeast Calgary.

Lung's five-year-old son was in the backseat of the vehicle but not injured. Her other child was in the house with family members.

Tran died in the car and Lung was rushed to hospital with a police escort but later died of her injuries.

Investigators said Tran was known to police and the shooting was believed to be gang related.

Police were working at the scene several hours after the double shooting in the northeast community of Redstone in September 2016. (Mike Symington/CBC)

Less than three weeks later, Phu Phan was shot and killed outside his home in the Edmonton community of Rapperswill.  

Police said at the time that the shootings were believed to be targeted attacks orchestrated by an organized crime group. 

According to CBC News sources, Tran had connections to the FOB gang, while Truong is connected to the FOB's rivals, the FK gang.

From 2002 to 2009, at least 25 deaths were connected to the gang war in Calgary between the FOB (Fresh Off the Boat or Forever Our Brothers) and FK (FOB Killers) gangs.

Since then, many of the FOB's higher-ups have been killed or incarcerated. 

Truong does have a criminal history but not for violence or offences related to organized crime. He was arrested and charged with the three murders months after the killings, in April 2018.

The case will be back in court in August for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence against Truong to go to trial.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary crime reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach her at meghan.grant@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @CBCMeg.

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