D.C.

Christian Taylor found guilty in merchants' deaths

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A D.C. man is facing a life sentence after being found guilty in the deaths of a father and son in 2010.

Christian Taylor, 27, was convicted on charges of felony murder while armed, first-degree premeditated murder while armed, armed robbery and second-degree burglary while armed., U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. said.

According to court documents, 59-year-old Ming-Kun Chih and 32-year-old Li Jen Chih were working in their family's Northeast store on June 23, 2010 when Taylor entered. The store, Lida Wholesale Market, is located in the 1200 block of Fifth Street NE.

Displaying a gun, Taylor approached the younger Chih, who was behind the counter, and ordered him to place money from the register into a bag.

During the robbery, both father and son were shot. Li Jen was pronounced dead at the store. His father died several hours later at an area hospital.

Police found Taylor using surveillance footage from the store's cameras, eyewitness reports, as well as evidence he left behind at the store.

"Ming-Kun Chih and Li Jen Chih were killed while simply trying to earn a living at their family's store," said U.S. Attorney Machen. "Thanks to an alert citizen, who provided critical information, this defendant was arrested, and now he has been brought to justice. This case shows the importance of people coming forward to stop violent predators in our community."

Taylor will be sentenced on August 23, 2012.

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