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Cerritos man charged in execution-style slaying in O.C. of childhood friend

January 27, 2011 |  4:54 pm

A Cerritos man was charged Thursday in the execution-style slaying of a childhood friend who was in the area on vacation from South Korea, prosecutors said.

Beong Kwun Cho, 51, is accused of shooting Weon Lee once in the head Tuesday and then leaving the body in a broken-down vehicle in an industrial lot in Anaheim, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Beong Cho

Cho is accused of taking his friend's identification papers and tossing them in a nearby dumpster, prosecutors said. A city worker cleaning streets found the body and contacted authorities.

Lee, who was traveling alone, had been staying with Cho and his family. The two men attended elementary school together in South Korea, according to prosecutors.

Cho is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Santa Ana.

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Photo: Beong Kwun Cho. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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