Cops: Man hid murder with phony emails from Africa

September 28, 2011 - 3:10 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County man is due to be arraigned on charges he murdered his business partner for financial gain then pretended the dead man was still alive and sending emails while on vacation in Africa.

Edward Younghoon Shin is charged with murdering Christopher Ryan Smith in their business office in San Juan Capistrano after Smith said he wanted out of the advertising company the two had created.

Rather than buying out his partner for the agreed $1 million, prosecutors say Shin killed Smith then hijacked his email account and sent messages to family members saying Smith was enjoying an adventurous African holiday.

Prosecutors say the messages stopped after Smith purportedly said he was visiting the Congo.

Shin's attorney, Al Stokke, declined to comment.

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