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*San Jose Man Accused Of Shooting Three Colleagues Appears In Court

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Defense attorneys for a Mountain View man accused of killing three colleagues at a Silicon Valley semiconductor company in November have requested their client be released from shackles during court appearances.Jing Hua Wu, 47, appeared briefly in Santa Clara County Superior Court today as attorneys discussed hearings on the shackles issue and evidence discovery.Wu has not yet entered a plea on three counts of murder, with a special allegation on each count that he personally used a firearm, as well as the special circumstances charge of killing multiple victims, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.He is charged with killing SiPort CEO Sid Agrawal, 56, of Fremont; Vice President of Operations Brian Pugh, 47, of Los Altos; and Human Resources Manager Marilyn Lewis, 67, of San Jose.Wu could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. The special circumstances charge also makes Wu eligible for the death penalty if the district attorney’s office decides to seek it, according to Rosen.Wu, wearing glasses, handcuffs and red jail clothing, stood before Judge Jerome Nadler today and smiled as he greeted Public Defender attorneys Michael Ogul and Ken Mandel. Ogul and Mandel have argued that Wu should not be shackled during court appearances, but Lead Deputy County Counsel Katie Zoglin said the sheriff’s office will argue that Wu should continue to be restrained.Nadler will hear arguments on the topic March 26. Wu will also be back in court April 3 for motions related to discovery of evidence.Wu was fired the morning of Nov. 14 from his job as an engineer in testing and production at SiPort Inc., which makes chips for high-definition radios, according to police.Later that day, Wu allegedly returned to the business at 3255 Scott Blvd., No. 7. Witnesses said they saw Wu entering Agrawal’s office, where Wu allegedly shot Pugh, Lewis and Agrawal with a 9 mm handgun.Wu allegedly fled the building before police arrived and was seen driving away in a rented sport utility vehicle, Sellers said. He was found the next day walking through a parking lot in Mountain View. Police allegedly found a 9 mm handgun in the trunk of Wu’s rental car parked nearby.Wu remains in Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

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