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* Raymond Wong Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged 1999 Murder of Alice Sin

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The Pinole man who police believe killed his girlfriend and dumped her body in a Nevada desert in 1999 pleaded not guilty to murder charges this morning, Deputy District Attorney Hal Jewett said. Police arrested Raymond Wong, 40, on Dec. 24 in Pinole on suspicion of murdering his live-in girlfriend and son’s mother, 21-year-old college student Alice Sin, more than ten years ago.

Although police always considered Wong a person of interest in the case, they were unable to link him to the murder after it occurred, police said. In 2009, he fled the country and moved to Beijing. Customs officers at San Francisco International Airport caught Wong on Dec. 19 attempting to enter the country using a fake passport and alerted police in Pinole, police said. Police then arrested Wong for allegedly failing to properly complete his sex offender registration requirements, but he bailed out of jail shortly afterward.

Over the next few days, police gathered enough evidence to charge Wong with the decade-old slaying, and re-arrested him in connection with the murder, according to Pinole police Cmdr. Matthew Messier. On Dec. 29, attorneys filed murder charges against Wong, with special circumstances alleging that he killed Sin for financial gain. Wong is due back in court in Richmond on Feb. 8.

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