purchase of a ticket and included a meal, live entertainment and
drinks. Guests included families and friends, among them the
appellant, the co-accused, the deceased and his wife and the second victim, Mao Kim.
The relationship of the parties
 There was little evidence about the relationship between
the appellant and his friends, on the one hand, and the deceased
and his friends, on the other. Any altercations or confrontations
that may have occurred among the guests prior to the stabbings
of the deceased and Mao Kim were not between the appellant, the
deceased or any of their friends.
 By all accounts, the deceased, who was a large man,
became quite drunk. He became involved in a verbal dispute with
the organizer of the event. The dispute never became physical
and had settled before any altercation began between the appellant and the deceased.
The altercation begins
 Later in the evening, the appellant emerged from the
restaurant. He was holding one or two beer bottles. He
approached a group of men that included the deceased and Mao
Kim. The appellant asked, “Who is Mao?”. The deceased moved
forward, spread his arms and pushed the appellant. The men
exchanged words. A fight began shortly after the appellant struck
the deceased on the head with one or two bottles of beer. Others
from each group joined the fray.
 Several persons who attended the party testified about the
circumstances in which the deceased and Mao Kim were stabbed.
The appellant did not testify or call any witnesses.
 Mao Kim testified that he was hit on the head with a beer
bottle, then stabbed. The only person he saw with a knife was the
appellant who pursued both him and the deceased. At first, Kim
thought he had been stabbed with a beer bottle. But later, after
two surgeries, he concluded that the weapon must have been
 Vanny Phann, a friend of the deceased and Mao Kim, saw
the appellant hit Kim on the head with a beer bottle then become
involved in the fight with the deceased. Phann and Kim began to
run away pursued by the appellant who stabbed Kim in the
abdomen with a knife that resembled a “military” knife with
a small blade.