King County Sheriff's Office detectives at the scene of a 2011 shooting death in White Center. On June 13, a King County jury found Cu Van Truong guilty of first degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Jason Saechao at the Seattle Roll Bakery.
Truong found guilty in 2011 White Center bakery killing
On June 13, a King County jury found Cu Van Truong guilty of first degree murder with a firearm enhancement for the shooting death of 24-year-old Jason Saechao at the Seattle Roll Bakery in White Center on Dec. 28, 2011.
Troung entered a not guilty plea to the charge in January of 2012, forcing the trial, and according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, he faces a possible sentence of 40 to 50 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set by the court.
In what detectives described as a revenge plot, Truong arrived at the Seattle Roll Bakery around midnight to confront Saechao about “bad mouthing” him and stealing a necklace from an acquaintance of Troung’s who was dating Saechao’s girlfriend while the shooting victim was in jail.
Witnesses to the murder initially told police the shooting was the act of a random robber, but later changed their stories after further investigation, identifying Troung as the shooter.
They told police the two men started an argument out front that came inside the bakery, where Troung pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Saechao in the leg from 10 feet away, and then fired four more shots as he moved in closer to his victim.
He was arrested the next day near his sister’s home in Burien.