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Jury finds Song guilty of manslaughter

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Jimmy Chin Song, the man who for a couple months now faced manslaughter and aggravated assault charges for the death of Yunmo Ku, was placed back behind bars after the jury in his trial reached a verdict. After two weeks of trial and two days of deliberation the jury in the trial against jimmy chin song reached a verdict

The foreman announced, "We the jury in the case find the defendant Jimmy Chin Song guilty of the offense manslaughter as a 1st degree felony," adding, "we the jury in the case find defendant Jimmy Chin Song guilty of the offense of aggravated assault as a 3rd degree felony."

Family members of both Ku and Song cried before and after the verdict was announced. Song began to tear with his head down after he was told that he would be remanded immediately behind bars.

"I'm very grateful to a jury that put some hard work in and carefully considered all of the evidence in the case," said prosecuting attorney David Rivera. "It's clear from the very beginning they were paying attention." Song was accused of landing a fatal punch on Ku. The two argued in June at the Sing A Song Café in Harmon. Ku, the general manager of the 7-Day Supermarket, died days after the altercation at the Guam Memorial Hospital. Song said he punched Ku out of self-defense. Rivera reacted to the verdict, saying justice prevailed.

"A huge amount of relief, because I think is clear to anybody who's watched the family members testify this has been a very painful event for them and more painful by having to relive it in front of the jury and then the process of waiting out the jury verdict can cause a lot of tension and their was quite a bit of relief and emotional release in there," said the lawyer.

Walking out of the courthouse, Ku's mother passed out right at the doorway, and had to be rushed to the hospital for evaluation. Judge Perez allowed song to say his final goodbye's to his family members who sat behind him in the courtroom throughout the trial. He was then immediately incarcerated.

Defense Attorney Randy Cunliffe declined comment after the verdict was made; he still has a pending motion for acquittal with the judge, which is under advisement. He also told us he intends to file a motion to appeal the verdict. "When they file the appeal we will review issues they believe are at fault and we will make our response to it," he said.

Sentencing for Song is scheduled for October 27. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and up to 5 years for the charge of aggravated assault.

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