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Auto Parts Said Motive For Killing

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Minnesota man being tried on a first-degree murder charge committed the killing to steal parts for his car, prosecutors said.

Dao Xiong, 20, of Oakdale is charged in the killing of Youa Lor, 33, owner of a stolen Nissan 350Z, parts of which were found at Xiong’s home in September, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday.

Xiong’s fingerprints were found on the stolen vehicle, abandoned and stripped for parts, and his DNA was found on a gun found in Xiong’s home and believed to have been used to fatally shoot Lor, investigators testified in Washington Country District Court.

Xiong plotted Lor’s murder to steal the car for parts for his own 350Z, prosecutors alleged.

An examination of Xiong’s computer showed he had viewed a Craigslist ad Lor posted for the car, investigators said.

Lor was found in a Lake Elmo ditch Sept. 9, shot once in the stomach.

An alleged co-conspirator, Keng Thao, 20, faces one count of unintentional murder and will be tried in October, the Pioneer Press reported.

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