The Latest: Defense begins closing in Chinatown crime trial

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Posted: Jan 04, 2016 6:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on the trial of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. (All times local):

3:20 p.m.

The defense has started its closing in the trial of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.

Chow is charged with racketeering and murder. An invigorated J. Tony Serra asked his client to stand and he asked jurors to take a good look.

His voice rising at times, he told jurors that if they convict Chow, they would be sending an innocent man to prison.

Prosecutors say Chow took over a Chinese fraternal group after having its previous leader killed and ran an enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and sales of stolen cigarettes and alcohol. He is also accused of a second killing.

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3:05 p.m.

The prosecution has concluded its closing in the trial of a key defendant in a San Francisco Chinatown organized crime probe.

Over nearly four hours, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Badger painted Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow as a cold-blooded killer and skilled liar.

He is charged with racketeering and murder of a rival Chinese gang leader.

Prosecutors say Chow took over a Chinese fraternal group after having its previous leader killed and ran an enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and sales of stolen cigarettes and alcohol. He is also accused of a second killing.

Badger detailed Chow's involvement in multiple transactions to sell illegal whiskey and cognac. She rejected his defense as a reformed man who knew nothing of the criminal activities taking place around him.

Chow's attorney, J. Tony Serra, is expected to give his closing argument next.

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11:15 a.m.

Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a key defendant in a San Francisco Chinatown organized crime probe that also ensnared a state senator.

Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is charged with racketeering and murder.

The district court room was packed Monday as Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Badger painted Chow as a cold-blooded killer and skilled liar.

Prosecutors say Chow took over a Chinese fraternal group after having its previous leader killed and ran an enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and sales of stolen cigarettes and alcohol. He is also accused of a second killing.

J. Tony Serra, Chow's lead attorney, is scheduled to give his closing argument later.

The probe led to the indictment of more than two dozen people in 2014 and the subsequent racketeering conviction of state Sen. Leland Yee.