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S.F. slaying suspect charged with five counts of murder

March 28, 2012 |  8:36 am

LucThe man suspected in the brutal slaying of five people in a San Francisco home has been charged with five counts of murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty.

The San Francisco district attorney’s office announced the charges late Tuesday against Binh Thai Luc, 35. But even with the special circumstances added, Luc appears more likely to get life in prison without parole than capital punishment if convicted.

Dist. Atty. George Gascón told CBS 5 he will “thoroughly review the details of the case, but it is unlikely I will seek the death penalty.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reports during last year's campaign, Gascón said he would not ask a jury to send a defendant to the death chamber.

Luc, a convicted felon, is scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Chronicle said.

Luc is accused of killing four family members and one unrelated person last week in a home in a quiet San Francisco neighborhood.

Police have said the victims were bludgeoned with an “edged weapon,” but they have not released further details.

Killed were Hua Shun Lei, 65; Vincent Lei, 32; Ying Xue Lei, 37; Wan Yi Xu, 62; and Chia Huei Chu, 30, all of San Francisco.


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Photo: Binh Thai Luc, 35, faces five counts of murder in deaths at a San Francisco home. Credit: San Francisco Police Department