ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s life plus 25 years for Elex Murphy, the man who beat a Vietnamese immigrant to death in April 2011 as part of the so called ‘knock out game’.
The jury recommended Elex Murphy get up 82 years for second degree murder, first degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.
Last month the panel found that the now 20-year-old Murphy was with three others when he walked up and punched 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen and his 62-year-old wife Yen as they walked home from a market on Spring near Chippewa.
Hoang fell to the ground suffering a fatal head injury. Yen suffered facial fractures.
At the trial Yen identified Murphy as the attacker. Murphy’s attorney contends she misidentified him. A fellow jail inmate says Murphy confessed to him.
The others involved have not been charged.
In the knockout game, people are picked at random and beaten. The attacks are sometimes captured on cellphone video, and some have been posted on social media sites.