- Okoth Obeing, who is accused of killing taxi driver Balvir Toor in Canada in 2020, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder on the opening day of his trial in the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench.
- Crown prosecutor Chantal Boutin told Judge Joan McKelvey during the trial on Wednesday that Obeing has a history of animosity toward taxi drivers and South Asian people.
- Prosecutors noted that while they acknowledge that Obeing was suffering from mental illness, they seek to prove that he understood that what he did was wrong.
- “We, the Crown, say that this killing was an intentional act of violence born of anger, a murder for which he is criminally responsible,” said Boutin.
- On Thursday, Const. Marnie Johannesson, an officer at the Winnipeg Police Service's central processing unit, testified that Obeing threatened an officer while being held following his arrest, telling him, “You are next.”
- Obeing also allegedly uttered racial slurs during conversations, and even told a guard: "You are the same color as the guy I killed."
The man accused of killing a taxi driver in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2020 pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder on the opening day of his trial in the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench.
Okoth Obeing, 22, is accused of fatally stabbing Balvir Toor, 44, just minutes after entering the latter’s cab at around 5 a.m on March 19, 2020.
- A 54-year-old mother in Hong Kong, Kwok Lin-choi, pleaded guilty before the High Court to manslaughter for drugging, strangling and slashing the wrists of her 16-year-old daughter.
- “I felt that my daughter had changed, so I gave her some sleeping pills and then killed her with a fruit knife,” Kwok told officers.
- The mother was diagnosed with dysthymia in 2004 by psychiatric services. Psychiatrists have also diagnosed her with “major depressive disorder and severe depression with psychotic symptoms.”
- The defense counsel urged the court to be lenient with Kwok, claiming she was not in a state to control herself during the crime.
- The judge adjourned Kwok’s sentencing to May 17 due to pending background and probation reports.
A mother in Hong Kong pleaded guilty before the High Court to manslaughter for drugging, strangling and slashing the wrists of her 16-year-old daughter.
Kwok Lin-choi, 54, appeared before Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai on Tuesday and admitted to killing her daughter, Tsui Lok-yee, in their flat at the Tin Heng Estate in Tin Shui Wai on Oct. 10, 2019.
- Tou Thao, one of three former police officers charged with George Floyd’s death, ignored bystanders who pleaded for help, prosecutors alleged.
- Thao and fellow ex-cops J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are all charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care.
- Thao and Kueng are additionally charged with failing to intervene to stop Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of Floyd’s murder last April.
- Jurors of Thao’s case are expected to begin deliberations today.
Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao ignored bystanders who pleaded for someone to help George Floyd as Derek Chauvin knelt on him, according to prosecutors.
In closing arguments on Tuesday — part of a month-long federal trial — prosecutors concluded that Thao, along with J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, all “chose to do nothing” in the moment of Floyd’s plight, which eventually led to his death on May 25, 2020.
SF Chinatown attack victim’s legal team says suspect was on foot, DA never communicated potential plea
- A week after Anh Lê filed a federal lawsuit against the San Francisco District Attorney, his lawyers are accusing the office of releasing “misleading” responses.
- The legal team insists that their client was never told of a potential plea deal and was only informed after a resolution was reached.
- They also claim that Lê’s attacker was on foot when the incident occurred, contradicting the public defender’s statement that he was in a wheelchair.
- According to his team, Lê did not know what material the bat used to attack him was made of but that it was “3 feet long, solid and painful.”
Attorneys representing San Francisco Chinatown attack victim Anh Lê have accused the District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s Office of releasing “misleading” statements in response to their client’s lawsuit, insisting that he was never made aware of a potential plea deal.
Lê, 69, filed a federal lawsuit against the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Jan. 25 after it allegedly failed to inform him of and involve him in plea discussions that led to a lenient sentence for Jimmy Tanner Sr., a man who allegedly attacked him in November 2019.
- Michigan Judge Alexis Krot apologized for shaming Burhan Chowdhury, a 72-year-old cancer patient, for his overgrown lawn during a Zoom hearing.
- Krot will be reporting herself to a state commission due to her judicial misbehavior that led to online condemnation and a petition to remove her from office.
Michigan Judge Alexis Krot apologized after recently coming under fire for her reaction to a 72-year-old cancer patient’s overgrown lawn.
Krot, who previously threatened Burhan Chowdhury with jail time over the weeds growing in his yard, said that she will be reporting herself to a state commission that examines judicial misbehavior.
Elderly Asian man who was kicked while in his walker at the beginning of COVID faces attacker in court
Nearly two years after an attack that required multiple stitches to his head, an 84-year-old Asian man reportedly met his alleged attacker for the first time in court on Thursday.
The event: Rong Xin Liao was waiting for a bus near Eddy and Leavenworth Streets in Tenderloin, San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2020, when a man darted out and kicked him on his seated walker. A surveillance video shows the moment of the attack and the suspect immediately taking off after.
The Missouri man who allegedly murdered his Chinese wife, Mengqi Ji, admitted that he had considered divorcing Ji before her death but did not seek legal counsel.
Their relationship: Joseph Elledge took to the stand on Tuesday to give further details about his unstable relationship with Ji, 28, that resulted in her death following a physical argument on the night of Oct. 8, 2019, according to the Associated Press.
The man who opened fire into an Asian restaurant in Hillcrest, San Diego, with a semiautomatic rifle in 2019 pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Going to prison: Stefano Parker, 32, pleaded guilty to five charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm for the incident that took place outside The Asian Bistro on University Avenue in February 2019, according to NBC San Diego.
A Minnesota man who was bailed out twice by the Minnesota Freedom Fund has been arrested again and is now facing charges for alleged possession of firearms and a controlled substance.
New charges: Thomas Moseley, 29, was arrested for the third time on Jan. 27 and is facing three new felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office via Fox News.
Two men have been convicted in the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants who were smuggled to the U.K. in a refrigerated trailer last year.
The victims, aged 15 to 44, initially thought to be Chinese, suffocated to death after being sealed in the unit for at least 12 hours, with temperatures reaching an “unbearable” 38.5 degrees Celsius (101 degrees Fahrenheit).
A man in Kansas is hoping to settle a dispute with his ex-wife by challenging her to a “trial by combat” using Japanese swords.
David Ostrom, 40, has made an official request to the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to allow his motion for trial by combat, reports the Des Moines Register.
An Indian woman scheduled to attend a court hearing as a plaintiff of a rape case has died after a group of five men — including two of her alleged rapists — set her on fire.
The woman, who claimed to have been raped last December, was about to board a train in the district of Unnao, state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday when the group doused her in kerosene then set her on fire.