Binh Thai Luc, an undocumented immigrant from Vietnam, is accused of killing three men and two women at 16 Howth St., seen here on March 27, 2012. (Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner)

Quintuple homicide trial to close in SF court

The murder trial of a man accused of slaying five people at an Ingleside home is wrapping up in San Francisco Superior Court with attorneys set to deliver closing arguments Tuesday.

Binh Thai Luc is facing five counts of first-degree murder in connection with the brutal killings of two men and three women at 16 Howth St. on March 22, 2012. Luc allegedly beat and cut the victims to death while burglarizing the house near City College of San Francisco, according to court records.

The victims were 65-year-old Hua Shun Lei, 62-year-old Wan Yi Xu, 37-year-old Ying Xue “Jessie” Lei, 32-year-old Yuan Ji “Vincent”  Lei and 30-year-old Chia Huei Chu. Chu was also known as “Yoyo” or “Butterfly.”

Both the prosecution and defense declined to comment on the trial with closing arguments approaching.

“I would prefer not to speak with the media until the case has been submitted to the jury,” Mark Goldrosen, an attorney for Luc, said in an email.

When the trial began Oct. 10, Assistant District Attorney Eric Fleming said forensic evidence including DNA and blood linked Luc to the scene. Investigators reportedly found Luc’s fingerprint on a Windex bottle at the house, which was flooded in an apparent effort to clean up the evidence.

Goldrosen argued during his opening statement that the evidence tied Luc to the scene but not to the murders.

Luc, 41, is being held in County Jail without bail.

Court records show Luc has a criminal history with convictions from 1997 in Santa Clara County for second-degree robbery, two counts of assault with a firearm and attempted robbery.

Luc is an undocumented immigrant from Vietnam. The U.S. reportedly attempted to
deport Luc in 2006 upon his release from prison, but Vietnam refused to accept him.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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