25-year-old Pasadena woman charged with manslaughter following death of 74-year-old husband

PASADENA — Prosecutors charged a 25-year-old woman with involuntary manslaughter Thursday in connection with death of her 74-year-old husband, who died at a hospital more than two weeks after she struck him in the head during a domestic dispute at their Pasadena home early this month.
Gina Marie Sas was already in custody on suspicion of domestic violence in connection with the April 1 incident in the 200 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Her husband, identified by coroner’s officials as Chi Lung Chang, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a small cut to his head, but was walking and talking and did not appear seriously injured, the lieutenant said.
But once at the hospital, Chang’s condition deteriorated quickly, and he was placed on life support the same day, officials said. He was pronounced dead April 18.
After additional investigation, “We amended the complaint yesterday. We charged her with involuntary manslaughter,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. “She pleaded not guilty.”
Chang had been struck with an object, however police declined to say what object he was struck with, citing the ongoing investigation.
An officials cause of death was yet to be determined by coroner’s investigators pending the results of tests, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said.
Sas was next scheduled to appear in Pasadena Superior Court May 6 for a preliminary hearing setting, according to Los Angeles County booking records and district attorney’s officials. She was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.
Under state law, Sas could face up to eight years in state prison if convicted as charged.

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