Police to hold meeting about Ingleside murders

(KGO)
April 10, 2012 1:16:13 PM PDT
San Francisco police are holding a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the grisly killings of five people at a home in the city's Ingleside neighborhood last month.

Three women and two men were found dead in a home at 16 Howth St. near City College of San Francisco on March 23. Two days later, police arrested Binh Thai Luc, 35, on suspicion of the killings.

Luc pleaded not guilty last week to five counts of murder and special circumstances alleging multiple murders, that he committed the murders in the commission of robbery and burglary, that he used a blunt instrument to kill the victims, and that he was lying in wait before killing one of the victims, 32-year-old Vincent Lei.

The other man killed was identified as Hua Shun Lei, 65, while the three women killed were identified as Wan Yi Xu, 62, Chia Huei Chu, 30, and Ying Xue Lei, 37.

Police Chief Greg Suhr will conduct today's town hall meeting, which will be held at City College.

Police are holding the meeting to address any community concerns about public safety and to answer questions about the case.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. in the Wellness Center Auditorium, Room 103 at the campus located at Ocean Avenue and Howth Street.

Luc remains in custody in lieu of $25 million bail. The public defender's office has filed an appeal to allow it, rather than private attorney Mark Goldrosen, to represent Luc in the case.

A judge ruled earlier that the public defender's office had a conflict of interest in the case because it represented Luc's brother, Brian Luc, in a separate case last year.

Goldrosen said today that San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge Newton Lam has not yet made a ruling on the appeal. He also said he has not yet received any evidence from the prosecution.

Authorities have not yet released a possible motive for the murders, nor what blunt instrument Luc allegedly used in the grisly killings.


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