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Jimmy Song magistrated, posts $50K bail

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Northern Court Satellite was filled to capacity with members of the Korean community and family members of Yunmo James Ku, who attended this afternoon's magistrate hearing for 40-year-old Jimmy Chin Song. Ku's family was overwhelmed with emotion as they saw Song appear via videoconference. 

Song turned himself in to police on Thursday morning and is charged with aggravated assault as a second degree felony. According to court documents, Song is accused of assaulting the 27-year-old Ku at the Sing-A-Song Cafe in Harmon early Saturday morning. Ku's girlfriend told authorities that Song had entered their private karaoke room twice and then got into an argument with her boyfriend in the parking lot.

Ku was lying unconscious on the floor as Song allegedly stood over him with a raised fist and a smile. Ku later regained consciousness and went home until his condition worsened a day later.

Prosecutor Stephen Leon Guerrero asked the court to impose a bail of $50,000 cash, noting, "We expect the complexion of this case to change as the victim currently is brain dead and is currently on life support. There's the potential for a homicide charge in this case."

Leon Guerrero added that Song poses a danger not only to Ku's girlfriend, who witnessed the alleged attack, but to Ku's family members as well. He also told the court that Song is a potential flight risk because he is a Korean national. The Ku's family attorney, Doug Moylan, asked the court to consider a higher bail amount. "Specifically, one million dollars cash. Mr. Ku is brain dead. The only thing the family has to decide now is when to take him off life support. The neurologist has indicated that he will not survive and there's no hope for any recovery," said the lawyer.

Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino ordered that Song be held on $50,000 cash bail and also ordered the defendant not to have contact with any relatives or the girlfriend of the victim, who remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

Song posted bail this afternoon and must turn in his passport to probation on Monday. He is scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 1.

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