Buddhist monk accused of Ala. temple killing
GRAND BAY, Ala. (AP) — Police have charged a Buddhist monk with fatally bludgeoning a temple leader in Grand Bay, Ala.
Vern Phdsamay was arrested Friday and charged with the murder of 45-year-old Chaiwat Moleechate, who was found beaten to death. It was not clear whether Phdsamay had a lawyer.
Sgt. Paul Burch of the Mobile County Sheriff's Office said the killing happened at the Wat Buddharaksa Temple, which primarily serves Thai and Laotian immigrants.
Burch told The Mobile Press-Register (http://bit.ly/IVtKrI ) that investigators found a witness. Police are seeking a Laotian interpreter to help interview that witness.
Temple member Sasikant Noreross said the killing left her in disbelief. She said Phdsamay had recently refused to talk to others and locked himself in his room for months, except when he would leave briefly to get food.
Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/