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
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
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.