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POMONA A Rowland Heights man decided to kill his wife and commit suicide after losing $20,000 gambling, but instead he spared himself, buried his wife in the backyard then fled the country, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The state laid out its case against David Lam, 56, whose trial started Tuesday at Pomona Superior Court. Lam is charged with the Sept. 11, 2005, first degree murder of his 49 year old wife, Susan. Detectives discovered her body three years ago in the backyard of the couple’s rented home in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane in Rowland Heights. She had been strangled with a necktie. If convicted, Lam faces life in prison with the possibil Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ity of parole. David Lam was a fugitive for two years until arrested in Batam Island, Indonesia in 2007. FBI agent Geoffrey Maron said Lam seemed relieved and later confessed during the plane ride back to Jakar Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ta. Deputy District Attorney Miji Vellakkatel said Lam gambled away the money on Sept. 11, 20 Cheap Oakley Sunglasses 05 at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens where he works. Lam told homicide detectives he stole the $20,000 his wife saved. Vellakkatel said this was the third time Lam lost a lot of money. “On the way home, he decided to kill his wife and himself because of the shame,” Vellakkatel said. But he said Lam went back to the casino to gamble after the killing. “That’s why we’re here today so she (Susan Lam) could rest in peace. So she could get justice,” Vellakkatel said. Lam’s attorney, Wayne Rozenberg, said his client would testify. He said he’s seeking a lesser charge than first degree murder. “At the end of the trial, I will not ask you to send Mr. Lam home,” Rozenberg said. “We are simply asking you to find him guilty of the crime that matches the facts of this case.” Detective Ty Labbe testified Susan Lam was on the couch watching television when Lam came home, took off his neck tie and strangled her. During a taped interview with detectives, Lam said he went to a Home Depot and hired two laborers to dig two holes in the backyard. He wrapped his wife in black plastic trash bags and buried her. Pauline Cheng testified she last talked to her younger sister, Susan, on Sept. 11, 2005. She said David Lam told her and her husband that Susan Lam left him and went to Chicago. “I felt very strange. My younger sister and I contact each other every day. Why wouldn’t she tell me?” Cheng said via an interpreter. Deputies saw what looked like three graves in the backyard and dug Sept. 22 and 23. Labbe said incense, oranges, candles and personal mementos were in one of the “graves,” nothing in a second smaller mound and Susan Lam Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ‘s body was in the third. 3026