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Two UCLA students released from custody after frat party stabbing

October 5, 2009 |  7:34 pm

Two of three UCLA students arrested in connection with an off-campus stabbing and fight last month were released from custody today, officials said.

Picture 3 The students, along with four others, were arrested after a melee broke out Sept. 22 at a party hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon. The fraternity  was on probation at the time -- the result of an incident last fall that involved an altercation with members of another fraternity over "male and female relations," UCLA officials said.

Justin Kim, 19, of La Crescenta and Chris Yi, 19, of Huntington Beach were released after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file charges, school officials said.

Prosecutors charged student Isaiah Hee Cho, 19, of Westminster with being an accessory to aggravated mayhem and added a gang enhancement. He was being held in lieu of $535,000 bond, school officials said. The four other suspects have been charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem and remain in custody, UCLA officials said.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. During the fight, one student was stabbed in the abdomen and another in the arm, and a third student was hit in the head with a bottle. The fight broke out after the party became crowded and the suspects were asked to leave, according to UCLA officials.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: A man walks past the apartment complex on Midvale Avenue near UCLA where the party was held and where three students were injured. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times.

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