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Published on April 02, 2024
Clarkston Man Sentenced to Life for Malice, Felony Murder of Friend in DeKalb CountySource: Unsplash/ Pawel Czerwinski

A Clarkston gunman who shot his friend dead has been found guilty after a jury trial, said DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston. Phun Kam, a 36-year-old resident of Northern Avenue, has been convicted on charges, which include Malice Murder and Felony Murder stemming from a fatal encounter on May 9, 2021.

Responding to the incident at the apartment complex last year, DeKalb County officers found 29-year-old Hrin Thawng with a life-ending wound to the head. It was Kam who called 911, and the police nabbed him at the scene, with the subsequent investigation revealing a chilling seven-shot spree, six which pierced his own door before the fatal close-range shot to Thawng's head, according to the prosecutors.

An autopsy confirmed that Thawng sustained three bullet wounds, consistent with the prosecution's account. In a statement obtained by the DeKalb County DA's office, Kam defended his actions to the police, claiming he shot Thawng who he asserted had previously stabbed him several months before the shooting.

After jurors returned their guilty verdicts on Thursday, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson didn't hesitate and handed down Kam a life sentence. Facing life in prison, the conviction and sentencing came after vigorous prosecution by a dedicated team, led by Senior Assistant District Attorneys Ryan Patrick and Joseph Lenoff with key contributions from District Attorney Investigator Edwin Perkins and Victim Advocate Jenaiya Coleman.