Prosecutors drop murder charge against Columbus woman

Not enough evidence to convict, says county attorney



Clint Riese
News Editor

Anoka County prosecutors last week dropped a second-degree murder charge against a Columbus woman formerly accused of the April killing of a Vadnais Heights man in Columbus.

Nou Zong Lee, 35, was charged in early April after the body of Doua Yang, 50, was found by his car in a cul-de-sac on Camp 3 Road on April 1, 2013. Lee had faced up to 40 years in prison if convicted, as the charge stated that Lee caused Yang’s death intentionally, though without premeditation, while Yang possessed a firearm. The charge was dropped Jan. 14.

“Our office dismissed the case against Nou Zong Lee because further investigation led law enforcement to some conflicting evidence,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo on Tuesday. “Based on that, we will not proceed unless we feel we can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the investigation into the victim’s death continues to be active and ongoing.”

Anoka County Sheriff’s Office detectives came to suspect Lee after they discovered Yang had been communicating online with a Facebook account held by Lee on the day of his death, and Lee admitted communicating with Yang.