The Latest: Defendant to testify in racketeering case

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 4:21 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest from the trial of a former San Francisco gang member who was arrested along with a state senator in a probe of organized crime in San Francisco's Chinatown. (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

An attorney for a defendant in a racketeering and corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown says his client will testify at his trial.

Attorney Tony Serra said during his opening statement on Monday that Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow would be a key witness in the defense case.

Serra said there is no evidence that his client took part in any killings.

Prosecutors said Chow ordered the slaying of a rival, Allen Leung, in order to take over the Chinese fraternal group the Ghee Kung Tong.

They accuse Chow of running a racketeering enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol.

The investigation of Chow led to the conviction of a California state senator.

10:45 a.m.

Prosecutors say a defendant on trial in a racketeering and corruption case in San Francisco's Chinatown ordered the killing of a man who headed a Chinese fraternal group.

Federal prosecutor Waqar Hasib began his opening statement Monday by recreating the scene when Allen Leung was shot in February 2006.

Hasib called the slaying a cold-blooded, gangland-style hit ordered by defendant Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.

Prosecutors say Chow took over the fraternal group Ghee Kung Tong in 2006 after having Leung killed and ran a racketeering enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol.

The investigation of Chow led to the conviction of a California state senator.

Chow's attorneys are expected to make their opening statement later in the day.

9:50 a.m.

Opening statements in the trial of a key defendant in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown have been delayed as four new members of the jury are selected.

Judge Charles Breyer said Monday that four previous jurors in the murder, racketeering and money laundering trial of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow developed conflicts that prevented them from serving on the trial. He did not elaborate.

Opening statements are expected to begin later in the day after attorneys agree on four new alternate jurors..

Federal investigators say Chow took over the Chinese fraternal group Ghee Kung Tong in 2006 after having its previous leader, Allen Leung, killed and ran a racketeering enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol.

The investigation of Chow led to the conviction of a California state senator.