Despite expected new charges in the racketeering case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow — including murder solicitation for the alleged killing of a Chinatown business owner — the trial date for the self-described reformed Chinatown gangster remains fixed for Nov. 2.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday in U.S. District Court that a superseding indictment against Chow is expected later this week and that they will charge Chow with allegedly ordering the killings of Chinatown businessman Allen Leung, who was slain in 2006, and another former associate Jim Tat Kong, who died violently in 2013.
Until now, the case against Chow only alleged he headed an organized crime group, the fraternal Chinatown organization Gee Kung Tong.
“I hope the court appreciates this is sort of late-development information coming from cooperators,” said prosecutor William Frentzen of the new allegations. He added that testing is being done and the investigation is ongoing. “It’s not a static thing.”
Despite the defendant’s right for a 30-day continuance after new charges are filed, Chow and his legal team, which includes Tony Serra, said they wanted to waive that time and begin trial as soon as possible.
“Good afternoon, your honor,” said Chow as he stood before Judge Charles Breyer. “I’ve been looking forward to starting my trial.”
The new charges do not worry Chow’s legal team, attorney Curtis Briggs said after the hearing.
“They don’t have any evidence,” Briggs said, adding that the government simply has several co-defendants and another witness currently in prison, all of whom want to get a deal in exchange for cooperating with the government.
While the superseding indictment has yet to come, a filing from Monday lays out much of the evidence from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which allegedly connects Chow to those homicides.
Chow’s co-defendant, Kongphet Chanthavong, will testify that he was present at an Oakland meeting where Leung’s killing was planned by Chow and several others, according to the filing. Chanthavong reportedly got cold feet before the killing occurred.
Still, according to the filing, the others stuck to the plan.
The filings say one of the conspirators, only named as Individual C, is in prison and has offered to testify about his role in the Leung killing as the getaway driver.
That person had killed for Chow before, according to the filing.
According to the filing, the other conspirator at the Oakland meeting, known as Individual A, along with Chow, had a “blacklist” of people they wanted killed and they would pass it to Individual C.
“Individual C actually killed two people at the direction of Individual A and Chow, according to Individual C,” the filing alleges.
On Feb. 27, 2006 — the day of Leung’s killing — Individual C allegedly drove two other men from Oakland to Chinatown. They parked the car near Leung’s business and the two passengers got out and walked toward the building. The driver didn’t see who went inside.
“While driving, they broke down two guns into pieces and then threw the pieces over the Bay Bridge into the San Francisco Bay on the way back to Oakland,” said the filing.
The filings also notes Individual C’s story has changed over time and that he failed a polygraph test when asked if he shot Leung. But a witness to Leung’s shooting did not identify Individual C as one of the shooters.
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