A 74-calendar year-previous gentleman has been observed guilty of fatally capturing a contractor previous year inside of his Spanaway property following the men argued above the top quality and payment of a toilet transform.
Yoon Myong Bang was convicted Friday of 2nd-diploma murder by a jury in Pierce County Excellent Courtroom. Jurors discovered Bang not responsible of the other rates brought versus him: first-diploma murder and first-diploma assault.
He is to be sentenced Jan. 27. The conventional sentencing selection for defendants tried using in similar scenarios is 10 years, a few months to 18 several years, 4 months in prison. For the reason that Bang was armed with a firearm, he is essential to serve an additional five yrs.
Efforts to arrive at the defendant’s legal professional, Jared Ausserer, of Tacoma-based legislation company Puget Legislation Team, were not successful Monday. Through the trial, which began with opening statements Nov. 30, the protection sought to influence jurors the murder was justified.
Bang shot Scott Odell Howard 2 times on Aug. 28, 2021. Howard experienced been doing work with another contractor at the defendant’s house in the 1800 block of 150th Road South for about a 7 days. According to court docket filings, the men ended up employed to do tile perform, swap a shower and go a rest room in the learn toilet.
The two Bang and Howard have been described by these shut to them as becoming brief to anger. Bang’s spouse informed detectives she wasn’t mindful of any prior incidents the place her partner threatened or attacked everyone, but she stated they are Korean, and “Koreans have ‘short tempers,’” prosecutors reported in a trial quick.
Howard, a 51-calendar year-outdated father of three little ones, was explained by his girlfriend of various a long time as “hot tempered,” in accordance to a court docket submitting from the defense. The other contractor doing work with Howard explained him equally but mentioned the man’s actions was just posturing.
According to court docket data, the victim experienced 3 energetic domestic-violence defense orders versus him when the shooting happened. Law enforcement found a single other incident in 2021 the place a property owner threatened Howard with a gun immediately after he allegedly threatened to conquer up the male for refusing to spend him far more dollars due to the good quality of his function.
In the most new case, the contractors experienced about a week of work remaining to complete when the capturing occurred. Witnesses claimed that Bang and Howard experienced bickered in excess of the good quality of the do the job by now completed, but there hadn’t been any bodily altercations or threats involving them. On that day, Howard and Bang argued about a leaking toilet that Howard had reinstalled. The other contractor afterwards told detectives that Bang explained he wasn’t likely to spend Howard for the work and told the guy to leave.
Howard told Bang that if he wasn’t going to be paid out, he would crack up the tile get the job done that he and his coworker mounted, in accordance to the other contractor. Although Howard went to get a hammer from his truck, Bang left the space and returned with a 9 mm handgun.
When both gentlemen have been back in the bathroom, prosecutors wrote that Howard strike a counter with the hammer but did not bring about any harm. Bang then pointed his gun at Howard and allegedly explained to the gentleman, “If you bust my tile up, I’m heading to shoot you.”
The other contractor afterwards informed detectives that the moment Bang generated the gun, Howard acted like he wished very little to do with the gentleman and preferred to leave. Howard walked towards the bed room doorway and Bang followed. As they went close to the corner, the contractor read a gunshot.
In the bed room, the other contractor noticed Howard lying on the floor and bleeding from his head.
“[The contractor] requested the defendant, ‘You shot him?’ The defendant replied, ‘Yeah, I shot him. Simply call 911,’” prosecutors wrote in the demo transient.
Whilst Howard’s coworker went outdoors to contact for assist, he heard yet another gunshot. The contractor didn’t report hearing anything ahead of it, but Bang’s defense attorney wrote in courtroom filings that the second shot was prompted by Howard regaining consciousness and striking Bang, who experienced returned to the place to search for a mobile cellular phone.
“Mr. Bang, shocked, shot Mr. Howard a next time,” Ausserer wrote. “The 2nd shot severed Mr. Howard’s backbone and killed him.”
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the household at about 2:30 p.m. When they arrived, the contractor, the defendant and his wife, who had been in the backyard, all exited the home. Prosecutors reported Bang approached deputies and explained to them he’d shot Howard.
Although Bang was detained, deputies cleared the home and positioned the defendant’s gun on a chair in the residing space, courtroom documents demonstrate.