A woman is convicted of killing a casino winner


Posted on the 17th of April 2015

A woman is convicted of killing a casino winner

Chi Bui (55) won $10,000 at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino in 2010. After leaving the casino, he was followed by Barbara Ann Hamel (51), and her accomplice, Tad Allen Carroll (45). A confrontation took place between Bui and Carroll as Bui stood outside his friend’s house in Santa Ana. During the confrontation, Carroll struck Bui and knocked him to ground, after which, Hamel drove over Bui’s head, killing him instantly. During his trial, Carroll pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life. A third defendant, Michael Ross (29), pleaded guilty to second degree murder and received a 15 year sentence. Although Hamel had originally pleaded guilty to second degree murder, she later withdrew her plea after claiming that co-defendants Tad Allen Carroll (45), and Michael William Ross (29) drugged her before the killing. Hamel’s hearing is scheduled for the 29th of May, during which she faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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