After pleading not guilty in December to the murder of her husband, Kay Chue Vang of Hayfork will be held to answer the charge of first-degree murder, with additional special allegations. She appeared in Superior Court for a preliminary hearing Jan. 15 in Weaverville.
Trinity County District Attorney Donna Daly said Friday that three special allegations will be added to the charges, which could add 10 to 25 years to Kay Chue’s sentence, if convicted. Deputy District Attorney David Brady will handle prosecution, Attorney Timothy Prentiss, the defense.
The special allegations are that the murder was premeditated, that a firearm was used, that the firearm was discharged intentionally and that the firearm was discharged causing great bodily injury.
Vang was arrested Dec. 4 at her Hayfork residence after deputies responded to a report of a shooting.
Sheriff’s reports said deputies made contact with Kay Chue in a bedroom in the residence, where husband 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.
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.
Until Kay Chue appears in court again for an arraignment Feb. 18, she will remain in jail without bail.