Orleans grand jury indicts Hoa Nguyen for murder, obstruction in sister’s death
August 27, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 27) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans East man accused of fatally shooting his older sister five months ago.

Hoa Nguyen was charged with the second-degree murder of his 42-year-old sister Huong Nguyen (pictured at left), and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, in a two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

The defendant, 37, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of the murder charge, and up to 40 years if convicted on the obstruction count.

The siblings lived with their mother in a house in the 11200 block of South Idlewood Court in New Orleans East. Huong Nguyen was last seen on March 11, 2020. Her body was found two days later inside the trunk of her missing car, which had been spotted parked and abandoned a half-mile away in the 4900 block of Robin Hood Drive by someone who had seen a social media post about the missing woman and vehicle.

New Orleans police investigators interviewed several family members. Hoa Nguyen drew suspicion for being the last person believed to have seen his sister, and for providing false information about the type of firearms he owned and kept inside his locked room. Police obtained and executed a search warrant for the home that proved Hoa’s statements false. Detectives also recovered video surveillance evidence linking him to the crime.

NOPD investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Hoa Nguyen on March 19, but the suspect did not attend his sister’s memorial wake that night or her funeral the next day. Texas authorities arrested him in Houston on March 21, and he was extradited and booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail six days later.

Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.