Woman Convicted Of Fortune Teller Murders
February 18, 2010
Ha “Jade” Smith, a 45-year-old soothsayer popular in the Vietnamese-American community, and her 23-year-old daughter, Anita Vo, were found dead in their home five years ago.
They had been brutally murdered with multiple stab wounds to the face.
White paint had been put over their hands in what prosecutors believed was an attempt to hide evidence left behind of a struggle.
According to the prosecution, Tanya Nelson (who also goes by the name Phuong Thao Nguyen) attempted to hire Smith to perform a spell to bring back a lover who had recently ended the relationship.
She was told that nothing could be done, and in a rage she plotted to murder her and her daughter.
Luring in her accomplice, Phillipe Zamora, with promises of men she would set him up with if he helped, they traveled to the home of Smith and murdered them.
She then used credit cards of the victims to buy various items, and bought tickets for a family vacation for herself and her children.
Zamora pleaded guilty to first degree murder and testified against Nelson.
She has found guilty and could face the death penalty at sentencing.