A man arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of killing his two teenage nephews in their Arcadia home has signed a legal document in a Hong Kong court consenting to his extradition to the United States for prosecution, according to news reports from Asia.
Deyun Chi’s latest court appearance occurred Thursday Hong Kong time. The exact date for his extradition was not set because the agreement must still be approved by Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, according to reports from Hong Kong.
The brothers, 15 and 16, were found by their parents about 12:40 p.m. Jan. 22, at their home in the 400 block of Fairview Avenue. They appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma and were pronounced dead at he scene, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
A candlelight vigil for Arcadia High School students William and Anthony Lin, sponsored by the Arcadia High School Parent Teacher Student Association, was held at the campus to celebrate their life. Arcadia High School Principal Brent Forsee said the brothers were “very happy, bright, engaged kids. Lots of friends.”
The boys’ 44-year-old uncle is suspected of killing them after becoming enraged that his wife had obtained a restraining order against him and begun divorce proceedings. Shi, a Chinese national who lives in La Canada Flintridge, is also wanted for a spousal assault that took place 24 hours before the killings.
Shi fled on a plane to China, but was taken into custody by Hong Kong authorities the day after the boys’ bodies were found once he landed at Hong Kong International Airport, officials said.
In his first appearance in Hong Kong’s Eastern Court, Shi represented himself, having fired an attorney assigned to him and rejected the offer of legal advice from a free service, the South China Morning Post reported at the time.
China has no extradition treaty with the United States, but since 1998, Hong Kong has allowed the return of fugitives through a mutual legal assistance arrangement with the U.S.
—City News Service