The four suspects held in the brutal south-area home invasion last month that left a man and his two sons slain will return to a Sacramento courtroom in August, a judge ordered Wednesday.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Román has granted prosecutors’ request to merge the cases of 24-year-old Daniel Nguyen and Elijah Johnson, 21, with those of Amanda Tucker, 18, and the youngest suspect, 17-year-old Tayler Renee Coatley, at the afternoon hearing. All will return to court Aug. 19.
Nguyen and Johnson are accused of firing the shots that killed Thanh Le, 56, and sons Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21, April 28 at the family’s home in the 8700 block of Ardith Drive near Elk Grove-Florin Road. Each faces murder, robbery and attempted robbery charges as well as special circumstances alleging the pair committed multiple murders in the slayings and are being held without bail at Sacramento County Main Jail.
All four suspects appeared in court Wednesday. The victims’ family members, who attended previous hearings, were not in court Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Tucker and Coatley, facing robbery charges in the deadly home invasion, were also carrying weapons when the four broke into the Le home in south Sacramento County.
Tucker is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at Sacramento County Main Jail. Coatley remains held in juvenile custody.
Wednesday was the first court appearance as an adult for the teenage Coatley following Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office’s decision earlier this month to prosecute the 17-year-old as an adult.
Questions quickly arose at the brief hearing when Coatley’s court-appointed attorney, deputy public defender Reuben Moreno, said Coatley’s custodial officer had denied her a chance to review evidence brought against her. Moreno called on Román to order authorities to allow Coatley to view the evidence. A hearing was to be called on the issue.
Authorities had found the four at locations across the Sacramento area in the days after the April slayings.
Johnson was detained at an El Centro Road motel before his arrest at Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Nguyen was found at an apartment complex on Castle Court. Tucker was nabbed at a home on Little Oak Way, while Coatley was caught at home on Del Paso Boulevard.