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Charged with Indian-American’s murder

Silicon Valley: Jing Hua Wu, a Chinese-origin test engineer, has been formally charged with murdering Indian-American CEO, Sid Agrawal, and two other top officials of SiPort Inc. The company fired the assailant on November 14, the day of the killings.

Jing (47) was brought before the Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday. During the brief hearing, the assailant, arrested by police within 24 hours of the crime, did not utter any word, except for saying “Yes” to confirm his name.

Kept in the mental ward of the prison, he now faces either life imprisonment without parole or death penalty, said prosecutors. His judicial custody has been extended till December 18.

Neither the immediate family members of the assailant nor those of the three victims were present during the court hearing. “They [victim’s family] were occupied with the sad business of arranging or attending funerals,” the Mercury News reported. Besides Agrawal (56), the officials of SiPort Inc who were shot are: Marilyn Lewis (67) and Brian Pugh (47). Agrawal was the co-founder and CEO of SiPort Inc, which was established a few years ago. Jing was fired apparently due to his “poor performance.” — IANS

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