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A 22-year-old man who allegedly tortured and strangled his mother at his downtown Los Angeles apartment while she was visiting him from Taiwan was charged Wednesday with capital murder.

Chen Chao Ming is being held without bail while awaiting arraignment Feb. 25 in Los Angeles Superior Court for the killing of Yi Tung Weng, 48, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture, along with allegations that he used a hammer and a three-inch nail in the commission of the crime.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Ming, who is also charged with a felony count of animal cruelty for allegedly throwing his cat out of a window.

Ming was booked into the Central Jail on suspicion of murder early Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responding to a 911 call found Weng’s body inside her son’s apartment in the 1300 block of Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Weng — who was visiting from Taiwan — died of asphyxiation, according to prosecutors.

CNS-02-04-2015 17:23

City News Service

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