RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A former Contra Costa County resident has been ordered to stand trial on a murder charge in the cold case slaying of his 21-year-old girlfriend.
But a judge on Wednesday rejected a special circumstance allegation that accused 41-year-old Raymond Wong of killing Diablo Valley College student Alice Sin for financial gain. That allegation would have made Wong eligible for the death penalty.
Sin's body was found in Churchill County, Nev. in January 1999, two months after authorities believe she was shot to death.
Wong, formerly of Pinole, was charged with her death in 2011.
Prosecutors say Sin was the mother of Wong's toddler son, and Wong killed her in part because he was trying to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy. Wong has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors tell the Contra Costa Times they can still add special circumstances to Wong's charging document.
Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com
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