FAIRFIELD — Plea deals have been reached between prosecutors and defense attorneys in the murder case for the death of the owner of Travis Dairy, according to court records.
Two months ago, James E. Williamson, 16, James Young, Osis “O Money” Smith, Dezmon “Young D” Frazier, each 18, and Chelsea Johnson, 19, sat through three days of testimony in a probable cause hearing detailing their alleged roles in the robbery of the East Travis Boulevard shop one evening in June 2011.
The store’s owner, 70-year-old Ho Kim, was assaulted during the robbery and died shortly after the suspects fled the store with a small amount of cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes.
All five defendants are scheduled to be in court Thursday for change of plea hearings.
Attorneys for the defendants on Wednesday declined to discuss the specifics of the plea deals, which were informally agreed to two weeks ago. Deputy District Attorney Barry Taira also declined to provide specific details of the plea deals, saying further discussion with Kim’s family members was planned before a hastily scheduled court hearing set for Thursday morning.
The third day of the probable cause hearing ended with Judge Donna Stashyn suggesting that lawyers look at possible plea deals. Stashyn then scheduled the probable cause hearing to resume Feb. 25. The postponement came after the doctor who performed the autopsy on Kim gave details of his cause of death that defense attorneys have claimed was different from what she had previously described at prior court hearings.
Dr. Susan Hogan said Kim, who had a history of heart problems, had “literally been scared to death.”
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