Crime

Fresno man faces two murder counts in shooting of wife, friend

A 59-year-old Fresno man is in custody Sunday in connection with a double homicide Saturday in Fresno County.

Leuth Sengsongkham turned himself in to police in Henderson, Nevada after he was identified as a suspect in the killing of his wife and a family friend, said Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies learned about 7:30 p.m. that two bodies were found in a dirt field on the 7400 block of South Chestnut Avenue and discovered that both had been fatally shot. Investigators believe they were killed Saturday morning while working in the field. Homicide detectives identified Sengsongkham as a suspect and issued an alert to law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for his 2010 Toyota Camry.

Investigators who flew to Henderson to interview Sengsongkham said a perceived love triangle motivated him to kill his wife and the man, Botti said. Neither was identified Sunday.

Detectives recovered Sengsongkham’s vehicle and a gun believed to be used in the slayings, Botti said. He will have an extradition hearing before he can return to Fresno County.

The killings are the first two homicides this year in Fresno County, Botti said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact detective Donna Davis at (559) 600-8207 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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