More charges, interrogation for bar girl murder suspects ahead of Aug. 22 indictment

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The five suspects in the murder of Khon Kaen bar girl Warisara Klinjui, 22, on May 25 are scheduled to be indicted on Aug. 22, but before that, public prosecutors have asked police to perform further interrogation of the five in hopes of pressing more charges against them.

In light of a 706-page statement passed to prosecutors by police last Friday, state lawyers now think they may be able to add additional charges. Prosecutor Wichet Saenkham said that he was not at liberty to reveal what new charges could be added, reported Bangkok Post.

Suspects Preeyanuch Nonwangchai, 24, Kawita Ratchada, 25, Apiwan Sattayabundit, 28, Wasin Namprom, 22, and Jidarat Promkhun, 21, will appear at Khon Kaen Provincial Court for indictment.

Four suspects have already confessed to premeditated murder and concealing a body. They are facing the death penalty. The last suspect, Jidarat, is only facing charges of robbery and receiving stolen goods. She has denied even those charges though she does admit to selling Warisara’s mobile phone in Bangkok.

The alleged motive for the murder, which allegedly happened by strangulation in a rented car on May 23 in Khon Kaen before the suspects dismembered the body and hid it in the woods, was anger over Warisara allegedly informing police on the drug activities of Preeyanuch’s husband, who ultimately went to jail over said information.

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