Murder Charge Switched From 1 Twin to Another

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    San Jose Police Department
    Twin brothers Anh (left) and Duc Tong (right) are seen in booking photos provided by the San Jose Police Department.

    Authorities in Northern California have dropped a murder charge against a teenager and instead charged his twin brother with the crime.

    San Jose Deputy District Attorney Dan Fehderau says he has charged 18-year-old Anh Tong with murder after dropping charges against Anh's twin brother Duc Tong in the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Richard Phan, a San Jose State University student.

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    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Duc Tong is still not cleared. He faces two felony counts of acting as an accessory after a crime. Duc Tong is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, and Anh Tong is being held without bail.

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    San Jose police say the brothers are identical, but Fehderau say they are fraternal twins.

    Fehderau declined to say what led to the change in charges.