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Police arrest suspects in `microphone tiff' murder

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hualien police have arrested four men on suspicion of killing a man after a trivial "microphone grab incident" in a karaoke bar.

Early yesterday morning police found the body of Chang Yan-cheng (張延誠), 34, buried in a betel nut farm in Guangfu Township (光復), Hualien County.

Police arrested two main suspects -- Yang Yu-lung (楊雲龍), 45, and Lin Chang-wei (林昌偉), 28 -- and two others, surnamed Liu and Chung.

They said they were still looking for two other suspects, both of whom are senior high school students.

Police said the main suspect, Yang, had a run-in with Chang early last week.

The two met in a karaoke bar last week, while drinking and eating with separate groups of friends.

An argument ensued, as Yang and Chang quarreled over the microphone and who got to sing next, police said. They later parted ways, with each threatening the other.

Police said Chang's wife called up the authorities on Friday to report that her husband had gone missing since Thursday evening after leaving home to eat out alone.

They said witnesses recounted seeing Chang being forced into a car by several men on Thursday night.

Police arrested Yang on Friday night,adding that he admitted to the crime after nine hours of questioning.

Three other suspects were subsequently arrested.

Yang and the other suspects beat Chang in a betel nut farm, police said. When Chang tried to escape, Lin fired a shot at his leg, and the others proceeded to beat him to death, they said.

"We only wanted to `teach Chang a lesson,' but we were too emotional and lost control and ended up killing him," police quoted Yang as saying.

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