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2 Plead Guilty To Killing Hawaiian Gardens’ Casino Winner

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Chi Ngoc Bui was followed home and killed by robbers after winning big at Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

Chi Ngoc Bui was followed home and killed by robbers after winning big at Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

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SANTA ANA (AP) — A man and woman have pleaded guilty to killing a gambler they followed after he won $10,000 at a Southern California casino.

Orange County prosecutors say Tad Carroll pleaded Friday to first-degree murder. Barbara Ann Hamel pleaded to second-degree murder.

Authorities say the pair planned to rob winners at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino in September of 2010.

Prosecutors said they followed 55-year-old Chi Bui and confronted him when he stopped his car to drop off a friend at her Santa Ana home.

Authorities say Carroll knocked down Bui and Hamel drove over his head, killing him instantly.

A third defendant, Michael Ross of Long Beach, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

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