Jury considering sentence in Vegas karaoke slaying

Associated Press | November 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS — The life of a 25-year-old convicted killer described as a hit man and enforcer for a Chinese gang was placed in the hands of a Las Vegas jury on Thursday, with prosecutors calling for the death penalty for the stabbing of a man in a crowded karaoke bar over a $10,000 gambling debt.

Xiao Ye Bai also is accused of shooting one person dead and wounding another outside a karaoke bar in the Southern California city of San Gabriel, in an attack several months before stabbing Wen Jun “James” Li at least 32 times and wounding two other people in July 2009 in Las Vegas.

Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said the Las Vegas attack was at the behest of the Taiwan-based triad known as United Bamboo.

“He got caught in Vegas first, even though it happened to be his second murder,” DiGiacomo said before the jury spent an initial three hours deliberating Bai’s fate. Jurors will be off Friday and are due to resume deliberating on Monday.

Sparing Bai’s life would only put a ruthless inmate skilled in manipulating others and trained to kill with his hands atop the pecking order in Nevada’s state prison system, DiGiacomo said during closing arguments on Thursday.

He urged the same jury that on Monday found Bai guilty of first-degree murder, extortion, kidnapping, conspiracy and burglary to send him to death row. The panel could also choose life in prison without parole, 20 years to life in prison, or 20 to 50 years in prison.

Read more at: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/29/death-jury-to-hear-closings-in-vegas-hit-man/

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