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Billiards owner's death may be result of beating

Police remain tight-lipped about an apparent homicide case involving a man found dead inside his billiards business last week. However, a search warrant affidavit made public Tuesday reveals Tri Xuan Phan may have been brutally beaten.

According to the affidavit filed in 3rd District Court, police discovered 36-year-old Phan face up in a pool of blood on Jan. 10, much of it covering his face. Several teeth, nearly an entire set, were found near his body.

The interior of Vui Vui Billiards, located at 1839 W. 3500 South, was in disarray and Phan's vehicle was outside and was running, according to court documents. Keys were still in the inside lock of the front door to the business, and the back door to the facility Phan owned was partly open, court documents state.

Police were able to lift several fingerprints from the crime scene and took samples of blood. Court documents reveal they seized various items of furniture for evidence. Also seized in the investigation were a plastic bat found on the floor and clothing that was found scattered throughout the building.

Police have yet to name a suspect in the case.

Relatives and friends of Phan, court documents state, could not come up with any leads for police as to who would have had any motive to kill him.