Three teens in Modesto market shooting in court

Three teenagers returned to court this morning, facing charges of shooting to death a married couple and their adult daughter during a robbery at their Modesto market in late January.

Defendants Oloth Dicky Phommahaxay, 18, Sophon Theoun Ting, 16, and Chris Douangkham, 15, all of Modesto, are charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Vanh and Phouvieng Thammavongsa and their daughter, Nanci Thammavongsa.

The case was continued until April 28, so defense attorneys could have enough time to review discovery evidence that they had just received from the prosecution.

Nothing else was discussed during today’s hearing, which lasted several minutes. The defendants were escorted into and out of the courtroom by several Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies and probation officers.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty. Ting and Douangkham are minors, but the Stanislaus County district attorney’s office will prosecute them as adults.

Bail has been set at $10 million each for Ting and Douangkham. Phommahaxay is being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Prosecutors believe Phommahaxay broke into the market with the intent of committing a burglary, but it escalated into the robbery and shooting of the Thammavongsas.

Police said the defendants are known gang members, so gang enhancements have been added to their charges. The criminal complaint says the defendants are members of the CWA Crips street gang.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.

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