- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors deciding whether to convict a man of racketeering and murder charges stemming from an investigation of organized crime in San Francisco’s Chinatown ended their first full day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict.

Jurors asked to review an audio recording of a conversation between the defendant, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, and an undercover FBI agent who spearheaded the probe. Prosecutors have cited the recording as evidence of Chow’s involvement in the murder of the head of a Chinese fraternal organization that Chow then took over.

Investigators say Chow used the organization as a front for drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol.

The probe led to the indictment of more than two dozen people, including state Sen. Leland Yee, who pleaded guilty to a racketeering count in July.

Chow is also charged with conspiring to murder another rival. He has denied both murder charges. Chow testified to dealing drugs and getting involved in a street gang, but he said he decided to renounce criminal activity after engaging in meditation.

Jurors began deliberating on Tuesday.


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