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Jury Deciding Fate Of Chinese Hit-Man In Karaoke Bar Murder

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada jury is due to hear closings and begin deciding whether to sentence a 25-year-old Chinese immigrant to death for the hit man slaying of a man in a crowded Las Vegas karaoke bar.

Xiao Ye Bai spoke for the first time to the jury on Wednesday, holding his hand over his heart and apologizing for stabbing Wen Jun “James” Li to death and slashing two other people in July 2009.

Proceedings resumed Thursday.

The slaying came over what jurors were told was a $10,000 gambling debt owed to a gang called United Bamboo.

The jury found Bai guilty earlier this week. Jurors can send him to death row or choose life in prison without parole, 20 years to life in prison, or 20 to 50 years in prison.

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