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Musician Admits Killing Executive

NANCY ZUCKERBRODSeptember 27, 1999

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ A friend likened the proceedings to a tragic Chinese opera: An elderly Chinese-American musician, accused of an affair with a fellow musician, kills the woman’s husband _ a man he said had threatened to expose the alleged affair in the Chinese community.

``I killed him,″ Timothy Chang, 74, of McLean, Va., said Monday. He was pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of 51-year-old Tzeyang Jason Chou of Potomac, Md.

Prosecutor Peter Feeney called the killing premeditated, saying Chang bought a revolver and went to target practice shortly before the May 18 shooting at the Rockville office of Imacom Inc., a medical imaging firm, of which Chou was president.

Chang walked into the office, sat down with Chou and shot him five times with a .38-caliber revolver, Feeney said. Then, he said, Chang told the receptionist to call police and waited quietly to be arrested.

Police said Chang told them Chou had accused him of having an affair with his wife, Patricia, whom Chang knew through Chinese opera groups. Chang played a Chinese violin and performed nationally, his friends said.

Police also said Chang told them that Chou had threatened to expose the alleged affair in the Chinese community if he did not pay him $650,000.

Benedict Hsu, a friend of Chang’s, described Chang as a lonely widower with no children and said it was likely he regarded Ms. Chou as a ``surrogate daughter″

Chang could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Hsu called the incident ``tragic from beginning to end _ someone should write a story about this for Chinese opera.″

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