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Opening remarks to be heard for man accused of sexual assault and murder of young O. C. man

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday for a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing an intoxicated man in San Diego, and drugging and sexually assaulting another young man.

Philong Huynh, 39, of City Heights, is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder during a sodomy or oral copulation for the Jan. 26, 2008, killing of Dane Williams, 23, of Huntington Beach.

Huynh faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

Williams, who had come to San Diego to work at a convention for a Costa Mesa-based skate and surfwear clothing company, disappeared after leaving the Hard Rock Cafe in the Gaslamp Quarter. He was intoxicated and seen falling to the ground when he left the club, prosecutors said.

His body was found three days later in an alley a block from where Huynh lived.

A cause of death was undetermined, but his underwear was missing and semen was found on his shirt and in his mouth and anus, Means said.

The defendant is also charged with sodomizing a second intoxicated young man who came forward last year. DNA evidence from that man allegedly tied Huynh to Williams' murder.

During a four-day preliminary hearing last year, Billy Sharrock, the former co-owner of a company that produced amateur gay porn, testified that he was told by Huynh that he liked to show young men a good time, then offer them something to "relax" and "have his way" with them.

He testified that Huynh said he liked straight guys because they were "more of a challenge."

Pharmaceuticals were later found in the defendant's home, including a prescription for benzodiazepine that was filled in January 2008, the month Williams was killed, according to prosecutors.

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