Trial Date Set in Case of Plot Against Twin


A young woman accused of hiring two teenagers to kill her twin sister received a Sept. 15 trial date Friday.

Jeen Young Han, 22, and her alleged co-conspirators, John Sayarth and Archie Bryant, both 17 and being tried as adults, could face lengthy prison terms if they are convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

The highly publicized case stems from events on Nov. 6, when Sunny Han reportedly heard her roommate being assaulted in their Irvine apartment and phoned 911. Police arrived to find the young woman and the roommate bound and gagged in the bathtub, allegedly put there by Sayarth and Bryant. Jeen Han allegedly waited outside in a car.


Police initially said Jeen Han may have wanted to assume her sister’s identity and escape a checkered past. Her attorney, however, has said she was only trying to get back some of her possessions, which her twin had refused to return, and that none of the violence was planned.

Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore ordered the trio back to court Aug. 15 for a pretrial hearing.