Trial for '06 slaying on deck

LAWRENCEVILLE - The trial for a man accused of gunning down an Alabama woman in front of her husband and infant son two years ago is expected to begin Monday.

Nghia Trong Tran is believed to have shot Bien Son, 30, an Asian woman from Alexander City, Ala., and turned the gun on himself in a Lawrenceville cul-de-sac in August 2006.

Tran was hospitalized in critical condition but survived. The victim died on scene, as her husband attempted to revive her, police said.

Tran faces counts of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The incident reportedly occurred in front of a residence on Patterson Close Court in Lawrenceville, where the suspect's family lived. The victim and her husband, Duy Pham, had come to confront Tran because he was in love with the woman, much to her husband's chagrin, neighbors said at the time.

Witnesses told police Tran was standing with the victim and her husband outside their car when Tran brandished a handgun and fired.

The victim's husband was unharmed. Her 2-year-old son, who was asleep in the back of the car during the shooting, also was unscathed.

Tran has remained without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail since his release from an area hospital. Jury selection in his murder trial is expect to commence Monday.