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August 27, 2010 – Murder charges have been filed against Michael Richardson, who is accused of staging a June 29, 2010 car accident on Highway 67 in Lakeside to cover up the deaths of his wife and mother-in-law.

The bodies of his wife, Thao Richardson, and his mother-in-law, Phan Lai, were found in wreckage down an embankment, days after their deaths. As ECM previously reported.

After the bodies were discovered, police initially charged Richardson with statutory rape of his 17-year-old niece. Further investigation has led to the filing yesterday of double murder charges, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s office.

If you have information on these crimes, call the Sheriff’s homicide detail at (858)974-2321/after hours (858)565-5200, or call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-TIPS (8477.

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