Facing a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
They are charged with first-degree murder in the December 2017 death of Yoon ‘Clara’ Ji.
Judge Steven Sanders denies motions from both defendants.
Sang Ji’s new attorney aims to challenge a search warrant; Jung Choi’s attorney wants defendants tried separately.
995 motion to be presented on Aug. 9.
Criminal proceedings against Ji suspended while expert determines if he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Two-day hearing reviews forensic evidence from sheriff’s deputies and detectives. Superior Court Judge Felice rules there is enough evidence to go to trial.
South Korean TV news crew is also on hand to film hour-long documentary.
Attorney LaForge requested time to prepare defense.