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'Murder at the Mirage' Trial Continues

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 11th May 2005 10:54pm
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Among the incriminating details that LaPrarie said Greg Chao told him under oath in Canada were that he was a professional gambler, that he had tried to conceal his identity while in the United States, and that he bought a duffel bag in the Imperial Palace Hotel but did not bring it back with him to Canada

Chao also acknowledged meeting Idiens at the tables in the Mirage poker room, but denied borrowing $1,000 from the man.

Chao is charged with robbery and murder with a deadly weapon in the brutal slaying of fellow Canadian and avid poker player Donald Idiens, 53, on the night of December 8, 1997.

Prosecutors say Chao went to Vegas on a desperate bid to win enough money to pay back Canadian loan sharks, to whom he owed tens of thousands of dollars. Chao borrowed $1,000 from Idiens, lured him back to his hotel room to ask for more, then killed the land developer for his bankroll when he refused to lend any more money, prosecutors have said.

Idiens' battered and nearly naked body was found in a stairwell one floor below room 18136, where Chao was staying. Police also found Idiens' blood in the room.



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