By Andrew Marra, The Palm Beach Post
WEST PALM BEACH — A Coast Guard member who raped and beat to death a professional dog-walker, then stashed her body in his father’s Jupiter townhouse, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.
Chi Ng had faced the possibility of the death penalty after being charged in the November 2007 death of Nongkran Stoll, a 33-year-old neighbor who had been hired to walk Ng’s father’s dog while he was on vacation.
Investigators said Ng attacked Stoll in his father’s townhouse on Timberwalk Trail, beating, raping and eventually strangling her by crushing her throat under his foot.
Her body was found shoved in a trash can in the master bedroom. Police said Ng had called her earlier that day.
A motive was never given for the savage killing, a fact that still haunts Stoll’s husband, Ken Stoll.
Stoll had gone to Ng’s house after his wife disappeared and spoke with Ng, who told him they had had an argument and she had left.
But Stoll noticed his wife’s shoes inside the house and saw a broken glass table.
He also noticed Ng’s hand was bleeding.
He called Jupiter police, who came to the home and found Nongkran Stoll’s body.
At the time of his arrest, Ng was an active duty boatswain’s mate stationed in Texas for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Speaking at a court hearing Thursday, Stoll told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp that justice could never be served by a life sentence for Ng, now 27, but that he understood it was the most practical decision in the slow-turning criminal justice system.
“There is no satisfaction,” he told reporters afterward. “My life ended on that day, the same as hers. The unfortunate thing is that I don’t think we’ll ever know why.”
re-post from the Palm Beach Post