From December 17 to 18, 2019, the Intermediate People's Court of Huaihua City, Hunan Province conducted a public trial of the defendant Du Shaoping's intentional homicide case and the case of a criminal group of evil forces in the first instance and pronounced a judgment in court. The defendant Du Shaoping committed crimes such as intentional homicide and was punished for several crimes. He decided to execute the death sentence and deprived him of political rights for life.
The investigation found that in December 2001, Du Shaoping undertook the civil construction of the 400-meter playground of Xinhuang Dong Autonomous County No. 1 Middle School and hired the defendant Luo Guangzhong and others to manage it. Xinhuang No. 1 Middle School appointed Deng Shiping and Yao Benying (deceased) from the General Affairs Office to supervise the quality of the project. During the construction process, Du Shaoping had conflicts with Deng Shiping due to engineering quality and other issues, and had a grudge against Deng Shiping. On January 22, 2003, Du Shaoping and Luo Guangzhong killed Deng Shiping in the office of the engineering headquarters. The two buried the body in a pit in the playground that night, and Luo Guangzhong directed a forklift to fill the pit the next day.
Since 2008, with Du Shaoping as the principal, 13 defendants Jiang Shaojun, Yao Cailin, Yang Hua, Yang Song, Song Zhilin, Wang Hong, Cheng Shan, Yang Tianhao, Wang Wen, Yang Cheng, Zhang Shijie, and Yang Deyong as members. Evil criminal groups used violence and threats to collect the principal and interest of loan sharks, intervened in civil disputes, and sought illegal benefits from them. They jointly deliberately carried out many criminal activities such as provoking troubles, illegal detentions, gathering fights, and forced transactions. In addition, in April 2005, Du Shaoping also intentionally injured one person with others.
The Intermediate People’s Court of Huaihua City held that the defendant Du Shaoping and the defendant Luo Guangzhong deliberately and illegally deprived others of their lives, causing one person to die; intentionally harmed another person’s body, causing minor injuries to one person; organized and led a criminal group to provoke trouble, illegally detain, and Du Shaoping’s actions constituted crimes of intentional homicide, intentional injury, provoking quarrels, illegal detention, assembling a crowd, forced trading, and other crimes. He decided to execute the death penalty and deprive him of politics. The right is for life, and a fine of RMB 500,000 shall be imposed. The defendant Luo Guangzhong was guilty of intentional homicide and was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and deprived of political rights for life. The other 12 defendants were sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment ranging from one to eight years.
280 people from relatives of the victim, some relatives of the defendant, some deputies to the National People's Congress, members of the CPPCC, journalists and people from all walks of life attended the trial.
Xinhuang’s “corpse burial case in the playground” involved public officials suspected of dereliction of duty and other cases are being handled in accordance with the law, and the relevant information will be announced to the public in a timely manner.