The long-awaited trial of a man who allegedly killed two South of Market jewelry store employees, wounded another and opened fire on responding police is expected to begin this week.
Barry White, who appeared in court Tuesday dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit during jury selection, allegedly killed two women on July 12, 2013, after arguing with employees at the JewelryMart at 888 Brannan St. because he thought he had overpaid. White, 27, faces 16 felony charges in connection with the attack at Victoga Inc., a jewelry store in the San Francisco GiftCenter & JewelryMart.
The Antioch resident, who was 23 at the time, shot two people and attacked others with a knife, nearly decapitating one victim, according to prosecutors. White allegedly killed Lina Lim, 51, and Khin Min, 35, and injured Vic Hung.
The killings were reportedly captured on store surveillance video cameras.
About 15 members of Lim’s family showed up to the courtroom of Judge Ethan Schulman in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday morning because they thought the trial was set to begin, but jury selection had not yet been completed by late Tuesday morning.
The family is still recovering from the killing, said Cui, who added that Lim’s only daughter had just graduated high school when her mother was killed.
“She was just executed in a way that was barbaric,” said Cui about Lim’s near decapitation.
Lim came to the U.S. in the early 1980s from Guangdong, China, said her family members in the Hall of Justice on Tuesday.
Cui said that family members would try to attend the trial, but might find some of the graphic video footage difficult to watch.
Assistant District Attorney Diane Knoles is prosecuting the case and White is being defended by Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof, whose case could in part attempt to use White’s mental health as a defense.
For instance, pretrial motions centered around a defense witness who is set testify about the mental condition of White.
Opening statements were expected to begin either later Tuesday or Wednesday.