Lindberg wanted to celebrate that evening's Super Bowl victory by the Dallas Cowboys, which he called "America's team", by finding "a Jap". Lindberg and an accomplice, 17-year-old Domenic Michael Christopher, encountered Ly, who was rollerblading around the tennis courts at Tustin High School. Lindberg and Christopher trapped Ly on the courts, beat him, kicked him and then stabbed him many times. Prosecutors also charged Lindberg with a hate crime.
On August 29, 2008, the California Supreme Court affirmed Lindberg's convictions and death sentence.
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