Defense lawyer slain in traffic jam

A traffic jam on the Circunvalación proved fatal to a 65-year-old criminal defense lawyer Thursday because the delay gave a gunman the opportunity to approach the taxi in which the lawyer was riding.

The gunman shot the lawyer, identified as Roy Ching Leitón, and then fled on foot, possibly to a waiting vehicle, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Ching was riding in the front passenger seat. The taxi driver suffered wounds to the arm and leg.

The shooting took place at an approach to the Garantías Sociales traffic circle.

Ching was involved with the Asociación China de Costa Rica and also had pleaded cases for suspects in major drug cases, according to an Internet search.

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