Chinese court orders execution of three men for killing U.S. engineer

killing an American engineer have been sentenced to death by a court in southern China, Hong Kong newspapers reported Monday.
Leonard Phillips, 42, of Athens, Tenn., was stabbed to death on March 23 in his hotel room in Dongguan, a free-wheeling fast-growing city 60 miles northwest of Hong Kong.
Shi Zhaodong, Shi Shanfu and Liu Huansen were sentenced to death in the slaying by the Dongguan Intermediate People’s Court, the Ta Kung Pao newspaper reported.
Theft was the apparent motive in the slaying, the reports said.
Phillips, an engineer who worked for Chattanooga’s TAD Technology Services, had been contracted by a Duracell battery manufacturing plant in Dongguan to install machinery and train workers.