Oakland, Calif. Man Killed Friend Over Debate About God

An Oakland, Calif. man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Tuesday for killing his friend during a heated discussion about God.

A jury convicted Douglas Yim, 33, of homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem. He faces 126 years to life behind bars when he is sentenced in November.

Yim shot Dzuy Duhn Phan, 25, after a night of partying on Apr. 2, 2011. Yim, Phan and another friend, Paul Park, drank alcohol and used recreational drugs. According to Park’s testimony, Yim and Phan debated about the existence of God after they snorted cocaine and played video games. Phan poked fun at the defendant’s religious beliefs and eventually asked Yim where God was when Yim’s father had a stroke and died.

Park said Yim then lobbed his video game controller at the TV, shattered the screen and retreated to his dining room, where he fumed for about five minutes. He then grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle from his bedroom and fired at least six shots at Phan.

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