Ber might accept plea dealPublished 10:04am Wednesday, July 18, 2012
ST. PAUL — The St. Paul man accused of stabbing his wife and killing an Albert Lea man last November might just take a plea deal after all.
Dennis Gerhardstein, public information officer with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, said Pah Ber, 49, has been scheduled for a plea hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.
Ber was scheduled for the same type of hearing last Friday but at the last minute rejected a potential plea agreement.
At that time, Ramsey County District Court Judge Elena Ostby said if Ber at any time changed his mind, she should would be available to accept a plea.
He faces one charge of second-degree murder and one charge of first-degree assault.
Ber is accused of stabbing to death Albert Lean Po Lye, 40, and seriously injuring his own wife, Paw Pree, 40, on Nov. 19.
According to court documents, Ber reportedly had been drinking and playing cards before he came home to his apartment and saw Lye sleeping on the living room couch and accused him of sleeping with his wife.
After allegedly stabbing Lye in the neck, stomach and chest, Ber reportedly turned on Pree.
The incident reportedly took place in an apartment in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood.
Lye had reportedly been living in Albert Lea for about a year at the time of the incident. He was among about 200 Karen people residing in Albert Lea. The Karen people originate mainly from Burma but also a small part of Thailand. They comprise 7 percent of the Burmese population and have been a minority persecuted by the Burmese military. Many have immigrated to Minnesota under federal refugee-protection laws.
Lye worked at Albert Lea Select Foods. He had lived in Albert Lea for about a year at the time of his death. A representative of the Karen Organization of Minnesota said he did not have family in Minnesota but did have friends in Albert Lea and St. Paul.
If a guilty plea is not entered, Ber’s trial is slated to begin Aug. 20.