Wen Lee, the 63-year-old Burbank man accused of fatally shooting a woman and seriously wounding her husband in a Glendale restaurant last month, pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.
Lee entered the plea in Glendale Municipal Court last Friday in connection with the April 30 death of Tuai Li-Chun, 28, and the shooting of Johnny Soong, 35, at Lee's South Brand Boulevard restaurant.
If convicted, Lee could be sentenced to from 27 years to life in prison, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Phil Heeger.
According to police, the shooting was prompted by a business dispute between Lee and the newly married couple from Alhambra, who agreed to lease a restaurant from him. Soong could not get a co-signer for the lease, apparently angering Lee, who was losing money in the deal, police said.