Key witness could take the stand in trial of Greece woman linked to West Webster tragedy

Updated: 04/09/2014 6:28 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 6:58 AM WHEC.com

A friend of Dawn Nguyen, the woman accused of buying the guns used to kill two firefighters and injured two others, says moments after Nguyen saw the video of the West Webster attack; she began sending alarming text messages. Defense attorneys claim the trial is now about a possible love triangle and that the witness is out for revenge.

Investigators claim Tomasz Kaczowka and Michael Chiapperini were killed because Nguyen purchased the guns for William Spengler. He purposely set the fire and began shooting at fire crews when they arrived.     

In court Wednesday, it was more like a soap opera than a criminal trial. The prosecution called a key witness to the stand and that witness is the only one so far to testify that she heard straight from Nguyen that she bought the guns and was paid to do it.

Nicole Stringer met Dawn Nguyen at a poker tournament and the two became friends. Stringer told the jury that in June of 2010, Nguyen came to her house and said she had just been at Gander Mountain in Henrietta buying her neighbor, William Spengler, a gun. Stringer also told the jury that she knew Spengler was a convicted felon and asked Nguyen if she was crazy for buying the guns. Stringer says Nguyen told her not to worry and that she got paid $1,000 to do it.

The defense says don't be so quick to trust what this woman is saying. They were relentless when questioning her past. In cross examination, they brought up the fact that Stringer and Nguyen fought over Stringer's boyfriend, and that Nguyen even dated him. Stringer admitted that didn't make her too happy.

Before Stringer took the stand, prosecutors called another one of Nguyen's former friends.

He spoke about a text message conversation he had with Nguyen about the Christmas Eve ambush. He said he texted Nguyen because he knew she used live in the area.Nguyen told him she knew the gunman. The witness asked if she thought he would kill again. The text message read in court from Nguyen's phone said, “He can't kill again because he's dead, but yes we knew he was going to kill his sister because she called the cops on him because he sold drugs.”

Testimony will resume here at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. The prosecutor said they still have four more witnesses to call to the stand.

News10NBC will have full coverage of the trial. Amanda Ciavarri will be in court and will be tweeting updates.

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