Charges dropped in 1998 Philly murder, dismemberment

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a suspect in a murder and dismemberment at a restaurant in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood almost two decades ago, saying key witnesses have returned to China and are unavailable to testify.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn announced the formal withdrawal of charges Tuesday against 39-year-old Kai Guo Huang in the 1998 slaying of 27-year-old Hoi Yang.

Authorities alleged that Huang killed the victim in the basement of the former Min Du Restaurant, then dismembered his body and dumped it in trash bins in Pemberton Township, New Jersey.

Huang was arrested in 2012 in Toronto after he was pulled over for driving under the influence.Defense attorney Varghese Kurian said he didn’t know his client’s plans for the future.

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