The first of two men held in the killings of a father and his two sons shot dead during a home invasion robbery in south Sacramento County was arraigned Wednesday on three counts of murder in Sacramento Superior Court.
Elijah Johnson was led into a courtroom cell at Sacramento County Main Jail to face the murder charges along with robbery and alleged special circumstances including committing multiple murders, use of a firearm in the commission of the crime and robbery in concert with another.
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Johnson, 21, with defense attorney Olaf Hedberg, will next appear before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman on May 10.
Johnson is accused of bursting into the south county home of Thanh Le, 56, in the 8700 block of Ardith Drive near Elk Grove-Florin Road early Thursday killing Le and sons Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21.
Le family and friends in the gallery for the afternoon arraignment walked silently single-file out of the courtroom, led by a Sacramento County district attorney’s victim assistance representative, and declined to speak with reporters.
A second man suspected in the robbery-homicides, Daniel Nguyen, 24, is slated to be arraigned on the same charges Thursday afternoon before Bowman.
Amanda Tucker, 18, and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the deadly break-in.
Authorities arrested the four, who had scattered across the county.
Johnson was detained Sunday at a motel on El Centro Road before he was arrested at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Nguyen was taken in at a Castle Court apartment complex. Tucker was arrested at a home in the 4900 block of Little Oak Lane. The teenager was arrested at home on Del Paso Boulevard and placed in Sacramento County juvenile custody.