Trial Set for Man Who Attempted to Kill His Neighbors
By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man who attempted to kill his neighbors last summer was found competent and his trial is set April 1, in Linn County District Court.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Paul Miller suspended proceedings in July against Joseph Pham, 42, of Cedar Rapids, until a state mental evaluation was completed.
James Moriarty, Pham's attorney, on Monday withdrew a request for a competency hearing based on the results of a mental evaluation conducted at Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville.
Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of shooting multiple times at Brian Wilson, 39, his daugther Jayde Wilson and Tracy Moses last June at Moses' home. Brian Wilson was hit three times and seriously wounded.
Cynthia Moore, of Cedar Rapids, a family friend of the Pham's, testified during a hearing last June when the judge ordered the mental evaluation. She said Pham become a different person over time since he moved to Cedar Rapids. Over time, Pham became paranoid and thought his neighbors were bugging his home and cameras were watching them. Pham told her the listening devices were planted by the neighbors. He also told her he put up cameras around his house to scare away any intruders.
Members of Pham's family told The Gazette after the shooting they have been subjected to racial harassment for years because they are Vietnamese, first by Moses' ex-husband when he lived in the home, and then by Brian Wilson.