A reputed Oakland gang member pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from the 2012 shooting death of a fellow gang member. Danny Vo, 18, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on June 3 for a pretrial hearing in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Jordan Chhit of Vallejo at a party in the 1700 block of 20th Avenue in Oakland on Jan. 29, 2012.
Vo is also charged with three counts of attempted murder because three other people were shot in the incident, although they survived. In addition, Vo is charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office previously charged four other reputed gang members with the same charges: Aaron Kheav, 22, Phon Mey, 29, Scott Moeun, 21, and Saun Oeurn, 29.
Those four men are scheduled to return to court on May 22 for a pretrial hearing. Oakland police said the five reputed gang members opened fire at the house in the 1700 block of 20th Avenue, which belonged to rival gang members. However, one of the rival gang members returned fire and killed Chhit, who was a colleague of the five reputed gang members, police said.
Vo and the other four reputed gang members were charged with murder under the state’s provocative act doctrine, which holds accomplices responsible when a crime partner acts in a way that leads to death. The person who actually killed Chhit acted in self-defense and wasn’t charged, authorities said.
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