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Binh Thai Luc Held on $25 Million Bail

Binh Thai Luc plead not guilty to all charges Thursday.



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    Police tape and one police car are still outside the Howth Street home where five people died.

    A San Francisco judge placed bail at $25 million for the man accused of killing five people at a home in San Francisco's Ingleside neighborhood.

    Binh Thai Luc, 35, was arraigned on five murder charges Thursday. In court he plead not guilty to all charges.

    Luc shook his head repeatedly as the charges against him were read by Judge Samuel Feng. It took about 15 minutes for the judge to read all the charges.

    Luc, appearing in court in handcuffs and a red jail jumpsuit, only spoke briefly, saying "not guilty" and "deny" to the various counts against him.

    Luc is accused of killing three women and two men at a home at 16 Howth St. near City College  of San Francisco on March 23.   

    Prosecutors charged Luc with five counts of murder and special  circumstances alleging multiple murders, committing murder in the commission  of robbery and burglary, using a blunt instrument to kill the victims, and  lying in wait before killing one of the victims, Vincent Lei, 32.

    The medical examiner's office has identified the other man killed  as 65-year-old Hua Shun Lei and the women as Wan Yi Xu, 62, Chia Huei Chu,  30, and Ying Xue Lei, 37.

    Luc, who was arrested on March 25, made his initial appearance in  court last week but did not enter a plea because of a battle over who would  represent him, the public defender's office or a private attorney who is part  of a panel that handles cases in which the public defender has a conflict of  interest.
    The judge assigned private attorney Mark Goldrosen to the case last week. 

    Luc will return to court on May 3 for a status conference and to set a preliminary hearing date.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.