The Fremont landscaper accused of killing a Cupertino woman and assaulting her husband was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court today.Huaichang Zhao, 45, is charged with murder, attempted murder, and first-degree burglary, classified as entering with intent to kill, according to the district attorney’s office. He was arrested May 5 in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles.The charges stem from the April 17 murder of Wei Wei Li, 41, on April 17. Her husband, Bing Yi, 42, was also severely beaten. According to the statement of fact from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived at the home in the 22100 block of Berry Court just before 9 a.m.
They were responding to a report of a woman bleeding and found Li lying face-down in a pool of blood, suffering from head injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Yi was outside of the house, in a side area, bleeding from the head. According to the report, which was unsealed for Zhao’s arraignment, Yi spent seven days in the hospital and suffered brain damage and potential loss of vision in his left eye as a result of his injuries.The sheriff’s report states that the couple’s 10-year-old daughter called 911 and their son, 6, witnessed the attack on his mother. The children reported seeing their father in the backyard talking with the landscaper shortly before the incident, and identified the landscaper as the attacker, the sheriff’s report said.Yi was able to identify Zhao in a photo lineup, the report said.
At the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice today, sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Binder, who authored the report, said the weapon used in the attacks is a landscaping tool, “similar to a pickax.”Binder declined to comment on a possible motive for the killing and attack.Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies worked with police in Monterey Park to track down and arrest Zhao at a motel after receiving an anonymous tip. Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies traveled to Southern California, going door-to-door to distribute fliers about Zhao and the case.Zhao apparently caught a ride to the area with a friend shortly after the attack, according to the sheriff’s office. Sources close to the investigation said Zhao was seeking an area with a large Asian population.Zhao will return to court May 28 to enter a plea, said district attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell.
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