Sunday, May 19, 2013
Man Charged With First-Degree Murder in Muldoon Shooting
Lee Chee Chang was arraigned in court on charges of murder in the first degree Thursday afternoon. Police say Chang shot Emilio Ramirez at close range in front of JJ's Cocktail Lounge early Monday morning.
Police say it is a significant break in a Muldoon murder case that left two men dead and seriously injured two others.
Police were calling Lee Chee Chang a “person of interest” but now they are calling him a murderer.
Chang turned himself in to authorities Wednesday evening with his attorney, Rex Butler, by his side. Chang was arraigned Thursday afternoon on first-degree murder charges but was not permitted to enter a plea. Butler says his client will plead “not guilty” to the charges at a future date.
Police accuse Chang of pulling the trigger on Emilio Ramirez, one of two men who were killed in a gunfight in front of JJ’s Lounge in Muldoon early Monday morning.
The other man who died was Chang’s older brother. Butler says that has doubled the suffering of Chang’s family.
Chang is actually the third person arrested in the case but so far the only one accused of actually pulling the trigger. Police say they are not looking for other suspects but that there could be additional charges for others who were at the scene.
They also admit that many questions remain. They say Ramirez was shot multiple times and there were multiple shooter. Who had a weapon and who used it that night are questions that may only be answered after lab tests come back.