Kay Chue Vang, 48, of Hayfork, pleaded not guilty in Trinity County Superior Court Dec. 6 to a charge of murder after being arrested Dec. 4. The court complaint alleges that Kay Chue Vang “did unlawfully, and with malice aforethought murder Billy Vang,” her husband. She is also charged with the special allegation that she used a Ruger automatic pistol, making the crime a serious felony and a violent felony.

Deputies arrived at the Hardy Lane address in Hayfork after 2 a.m. in response to a 911 call that someone had been shot. Hayfork Fire Department was called and asked to stage outside the area until law enforcement officers determined the scene was safe.

According to a Sheriff’s Office release, authorities arrived to find Billy Vang, 49, deceased.

A probable cause declaration was filed by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Nate Trujullo headed the investigation and reviewed officer reports.

Trujillo reported that when officers arrived, the handgun was turned over to deputies by a family member, along with a loaded magazine. Deputies made contact with Kay Chue in a bedroom in the residence, where Billy Vang was lying on a bed “suffering from two apparent gunshots, one to the head and one to the chest.” Not detecting a pulse, deputies declared Vang deceased.

Trujillo said Kay Chue exercised her Miranda Act right not to be interviewed at that time and was taken to jail. According to the declaration, she was being escorted from the room by deputies when she spontaneously stated, “He told me to kill him! He told me to kill him!”

A family member interviewed at the scene reported to investigators that he’d heard an argument before two gunshots rang out.

The family member told investigators that upon entering the room, he was told by Kay Chue that Billy had tried to kill her and she shot him.

They further disclosed that after taking the gun away, Kay Chue was later able to get the gun back when she held it to her own head and said, “I killed your dad, maybe I should kill myself, too,” the declaration states. The family member was able to get the gun away, unload it and turn it over to responding authorities.

According to the declaration, no signs of physical struggle were apparent on Kay Chue’s or Billy Vang’s bodies. According to Undersheriff Bryan Ward, there was also no indication that either were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time just before her arrest.

According to Trujillo, the Vangs recently moved to the Hayfork area.

Ward said local law enforcement have had no prior contact with the suspect or victim, but investigators are looking into records at other departments. When asked, Ward said while some minor children live in the house, they were not home at the time of the incident.

A Crime Scene Investigation team from the California Department of Justice assisted with the investigation.

Kay Chue Vang will return to Trinity County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 for a preliminary hearing. She will be represented in court by attorney Timothy Prentiss of Redding.

She is currently being held in Trinity County Jail without bail.

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