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Preliminary Hearing date selected in Yi murder case

Lauren Peabody, Contributing Writer

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Yesterday a date was set for the preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Jonathan Huynh, who pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend, Cal State Long Beach student Kate Sue Yi late last month.

The defendant is being ordered to appear June 24 in Department 3 of the Long Beach Superior Court.

Huynh’s father was in attendance for the 10-minute hearing where Deputy Public Defender Alan Nakasone asked Judge Arthur Jean to push the hearing to be scheduled for June 24.

The defendant only spoke to Nakasone before the hearing and did not address the court.

Both Nakasone and Huynh’s father left the courtroom promptly after speaking with the judge. Nakasone declined to comment on the case.

Yi, a 20-year-old nursing student, was found dead in her apartment near Seventh Street and Bellflower Boulevard on April 2 by her roommate.

An autopsy lists the cause of death as asphyxiation through strangulation.

Huynh was arrested April 4 at 2:15 a.m. and has been held since with bail set at $1 million.
 

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