A federal prosecutor said in court Monday there’s evidence that links Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow to the unsolved slaying of a Chinatown leader in 2006.
However, defense attorneys say another man who was himself killed two years ago is most likely responsible.
U.S. Attorney prosecutor William Frentzen said in Judge Charles Breyer’s federal courtroom Monday that there will be a filing in the next week or so that will divulge some of the evidence linking Chow to the death of Allen Leung, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney.
Chow, set to stand trial in early November on a series a racketeering charges for his alleged leadership of an organized crime organization group in Chinatown, is currently the leader of the fraternal organization once headed by Leung.
In pretrial filings, Chow’s lawyers have been attempting to bar any mention of Leung’s death from the trial. The prosecutors in the case, who opposed the exclusion of such information, were required by the judge to file a response to the request for suppression. That response is expected to include the new details linking Chow to Leung’s killing.
After Leung was killed Chow became the Dragonhead of the Chee Kung Tong.
Before Leung’s death, Chow had reportedly asked another fraternal organization, the Hop Sing Tong — of which Leung was a member — for $120,000 for a youth group.
The day after that request was denied, someone fired shots into the Hop Sing Tong’s front door.
Leung helped the FBI with their investigation into the shooting. Then he was killed.
Chow alone wore white at Leung’s funeral, which some thought was a sign of disrespect. His attorneys say in a filing that indicated respect.
The federal prosecution’s courtroom statement saying Chow can be linked to Leung’s death has been denied by Chow’s defense team.
“The white suit he wore was a sign of humility and respect, and it was his combination of life experiences and his well known reformation that caused the elders of the community [who] asked him to be Dragonhead of the Chee Kung Tong,” according to the filing by Chow’s
What’s more, the defense argues, an FBI informant provided information about Leung’s murder, which helped exonerate Chow, yet “the FBI has never missed an opportunity to try to paint Chow guilty for this murder.”
Instead, they say evidence for Leung’s death points to another man.
“All evidence pointed at the now deceased Jim Tat Kong,” noted a Sept. 8 defense filing. “Jim Tat Kong was attempting to take control of the Hop Sing Tong.”
Kong was found dead along with his wife Oct. 17 in Fort Bragg, Mendocino.
According to the defense filing, the FBI alleged Chow and Kong were feuding because Kong was acting out of line, intimidating elderly tong members. Furthermore, Kong allegedly put a hit out on Chow in 2008.
But the filing goes on to say Chow had no link with that death either.
“Jim Tat Kong’s death was identified as a double suicide by responding agencies,” they
Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkchee kung tongChinatownCrimeFBIOrganized CrimeRaymond Shrimp Boy ChowSan Francisco CrimeUS Attorney's Office