December 8, 2001
Jury Convicts Teen of Slaying Mother, Sister
Courts: He was 14 when shot them in their Upland home in 1999. A sanity hearing is scheduled.
By GENE MADDAUS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A jury in Rancho Cucamonga convicted a 17-year-old of
second-degree murder Friday for killing his mother and sister.
Paul Yum next will face a sanity hearing to determine
whether he knew right from wrong when he shot Ester Yum, 39, and Christine
Yum, 9, at their Upland home in June 1999.
The defense never disputed that Yum pointed his father's
single-shot, high-velocity deer rifle at his mother's head while she
slept, then pulled the trigger.
He then pulled the bolt and shot his
sister in the head as she screamed.
Cooper presented evidence that Yum had told his friends he
wanted to kill his parents and had spent at least 25 minutes
thinking about his situation before he went into his sister's bedroom. She
argued that those facts made the crime premeditated and thus qualified
it as first-degree murder.