SANTA ANA — Sentencing for Weston Scott Kruger, who killed a Newport Beach liquor store owner in 2007, has been postponed until Aug. 27 due to an issue regarding the labeling of a surveillance tape used as evidence in the case.
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday delayed the sentencing because the exhibit and its identifying form did not match — an error made by the court. The exhibit is a compact disc containing surveillance footage from the day of the incident. Although it does not show the exterior, where the confrontation occurred, it does show Kruger taking the magazine and buying cigarettes.
"If we have the wrong disc, what does that mean?" asked Judge W. Michael Hayes.
Three years ago, Kruger went into Sportsman Liquor on the Balboa Peninsula to buy cigarettes. Store owner Hao "Tony" Huynh confronted him about stealing a pornographic magazine, at which point Kruger violently pushed Huynh to the ground. Huynh died a day later from his injuries.