The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 22-year-old man who allegedly tortured and strangled his mother at his downtown Los Angeles apartment while she was visiting from Taiwan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a capital murder charge.

Chen Chao Ming is charged in the death of Yi Tung Weng, 48, who died of asphyxiation.

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 have yet to decide 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.

Los Angeles police 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. Feb. 1. Ming was booked into the Central Jail on suspicion of murder early the next morning.

City News Service

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