Three charged in fatal Portola home invasion plead not guilty 

Three of the four people arrested in a home invasion homicide in the Portola neighborhood in November were charged Tuesday and have pleaded not guilty, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Brother and sister Nestor and Blanca Torres, 25 and 22, both Oakland residents, entered their not guilty pleas during an arraignment Tuesday morning. Clifton Thomas, 24, of San Francisco, entered his not guilty plea in the afternoon.

All three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, murder, robbery, residential burglary and kidnapping. They are all being held on $2 million bail and are expected back in court March 13.

A fourth suspect that was arrested, 34-year-old Jasmine Ward, was not charged based on evidence available at this time, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

The charges stem from the Nov. 5 fatal home invasion where 49-year-old Hunh Huynh was found dead in his Yale Street home.

His fatal injury seemed to come from being struck by a blunt object, according to court records.

The Torres' were arrested last Wednesday in Oakland and Thomas and Ward were arrested two days later in San Francisco.

Blanca Torres' public defender told the press after the arraignment that his client is feeling panicked and feels wrongly accused.

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