Mistrial declared in penalty phase of San Gabriel man’s Orange County murder trial

From the Associated Press:

SANTA ANA — An Orange County judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase for an Asian street gang member convicted of murdering a woman and attempting to murder six others during a shooting in a crowded cafe.
Judge John D. Conley made his ruling Thursday after a jury deadlocked over whether to recommend death or life in prison for Stephenson Choi Kim of San Gabriel.
Kim was found guilty this month of one count of murder, six counts of attempted murder and one count of street terrorism, along with multiple sentencing enhancements.
Prosecutors say Kim and several members of his gang went to the Cypress cafe in March 2004 with the intent to fight with a rival gang.
Conley scheduled an April 1 hearing to decide how to proceed.
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