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Koreatown Pool Hall Owner
Convicted of Double Murders


August 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
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LOS ANGELES – A Koreatown pool hall owner who believed he had been “cheated and deceived” by the men who sold him the business was convicted today of murdering them four years ago.

Deputy District Attorney Annette Peterson said a Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated two days before convicting Bae Hyuk Shin of one count each of first- and second-degree murder and found true the allegations that he personally used a handgun to commit the crimes. The jury also found true the special circumstance of multiple murders, meaning Shin, 48, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Shin, who has been in custody since his arrest after the murders in July 2004, is scheduled for sentencing by trial Judge Curtis Rappe on Sept. 26. The District Attorney’s office determined prior to trial that it would not seek the death penalty against the defendant.

Gi Hyuk Ro, 46, the former owner of the pool hall, and Sang Bae Shin, 55, who authorities said was the middle man in the sale, were shot to death on July 8, 2004, at Nice Q Billiards, 3388 W. Eighth St., Koreatown. Victim Shin was not related to the defendant.

Shin was convicted of the second-degree murder of Ro and the first-degree murder of the other man.

The defendant also was shot, but Peterson said that he testified at his trial that the wound was self-inflicted. Peterson said the defendant told a friend that he believed he had been “cheated and deceived” by the victims when he bought the business.

This was the second trial for Shin. He was tried was tried earlier this year, but a jury could not reach verdicts and a mistrial was declared in March.

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