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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has denied court funds for a trip to Vietnam for lawyers preparing for the March 9 trial of 38-year-old Lam Luong, who is accused of throwing his four children from an Alabama coastal bridge to their deaths.
But the judge approved funds for a teleconference with the defendant's mother, who lives in Vietnam. Luong's attorneys want to question family members about his childhood.
Luong, who came to the U.S. when he was 13, is charged with capital murder.
A conviction could bring a death penalty or life in prison without parole. Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said travel funds were denied during a hearing Thursday on pretrial motions.
Luong has pleaded not guilty to the charge of throwing the children - ages 4 months to 3 years -from the Dauphin Island bridge in January after an argument with his wife.
A search recovered the bodies.
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