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Man convicted of murder makes his plea to jury

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Updated: 11/28/2012 6:59 pm
Defense attorneys are trying to save the life a man described as hit man for the Asian gang known as United Bamboo. Jow Ye Bai was convicted this week for the 2009 stabbing death of James Li, over a $10,000 gambling debt. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez joins us live from the regional justice center with more.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- XiaoYe Bai faced the jury that will decide his fate and gave a statement in court. The convicted killer, with tears running down his face told them he was sorry, and that he can change. He couldn’t talk about the case but he was allowed to say a few words during the penalty phase.

Defense attorneys are trying to save his life. Earlier this week, jury found Bai guilty in the 2009 murder of James Li at a karaoke bar on Jones Boulevard. The dispute was over a gambling debt.

Bai, known as a “hitman” for the United Bamboo” gang is up for the death penalty, but could receive at best 20 years in prison.

Defense attorneys presented a family of three that know Bai very well from Southern California. The mother, father and son all testified on behalf of Bai’s character. The woman, Jie Liu known to Bai as his “Godmother” left the courtroom sobbing, as Bai also cried during much of her and her husband’s testimony.

Later a clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnny Wen testified that Bai suffers from frontal lobe dysfunction that was caused by martial arts injuries as a child in China. He says that causes a disconnect from knowledge and behavior.

He also testified that he spoke to Bai’s parents who admitted being abusive to Bai. He says the mother, told him she hit Bai in the side of the head with a baseball bat. He says the father described this discipline as “the culture” and “hit first before speaking.”

The penalty phase continues Thursday morning at the Regional Justice Center.

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