DA: SF jewelry killing defendant in price dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors say the suspect charged with the gruesome killing of two San Francisco jewelry store clerks and critical wounding of the shop owner believed he had been overcharged by about $300.

Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark told a judge during 23-year-old Barry White's first court appearance Tuesday that White returned to the store Friday to dispute a purchase from May.

Clark said White thought the item did not have as many grams of precious metal as advertised, and he had overpaid by about $300.

White is accused of shooting store owner Vic Hung and store clerk Lina Lim and of cutting clerk Khin Min from ear to ear with a knife. Min and Lim died.

White did not enter a plea. His attorney said the charges were only allegations.