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* Grand Jury Indicts Six In Connection With Murder Of San Francisco Businessman Tong Van Le In Novato

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Six people, including three juveniles, have been indicted by a Marin County grand jury in connection with the murder of San Francisco businessman Tong Van Le in Novato, Novato police and the Marin County District Attorney’s Office said this afternoon.Police and the district attorney’s office will hold a news conference Tuesday morning on the indictments that were returned Thursday. The names of the indicted suspects have been sealed pending their arrest and appearance in Marin County Superior Court.Two of the adults are in custody and will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.Three juveniles and two adults are charged with murder under special circumstances exposing them to life in prison without parole, Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian and Novato Police Chief Joseph Kreins said. The death penalty regarding the two adults also is an option, Berberian and Kreins said.The third adult is charged with being an accessory after the fact regarding actions taken to conceal and prevent those who committed the murder from being arrested and prosecuted, authorities said. Le, 44, was fatally shot inside his Lexus in the garage of his home at 53 Pizarro Ave. in Novato on Sep. 13.He was a witness in a case filed by San Francisco prosecutors against Larry Blay for second-degree armed robbery and burglary of Le’s Nassar Market at 511 Crescent Ave. in San Francisco on Aug. 23.Novato police did not posit a motive for the murder.The three juveniles and two adults also were indicted for conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to prevent or dissuade a witness by force from giving testimony at a trial, proceeding or inquiry required by law.

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