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April 19, 2016

Report: Charges dropped in 1998 Chinatown murder, dismemberment

Charges were dropped against a suspect in a 1998 murder and dismemberment case in the Chinatown section of the city, the Philadephia Inquirer reports.

Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn announced the withdrawal of charges against 39-year-old Kai-Guo Huang on Tuesday because key witnesses returned to China were unavailable to testify.

Police alleged that in late July 1998 Huang killed Hoi Yang, 27, in the basement of a restaurant near 10th and Filbert streets, dismembered the body and dumped the remains in Pemberton Township, New Jersey.

The Inquirer reports that the charges were dropped "without prejudice," so Huang can still face charges if new evidence or witnesses become available.

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