SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The murder trial is under way for a Silicon Valley engineer charged with fatally shooting three executives at a technology startup.
Jing Ha Wu's attorney, Tony Serra, said during opening statements on Thursday that his client experienced a psychotic break during the 2008 shootings at the Santa Clara office of SiPort.
Serra said the break was brought on by a flashback to the abuse Wu suffered at the hands of Communists during the Cultural Revolution in his native China.
Prosecutor Tim McInerny, however, said Wu was motivated by revenge after he was fired from the company. Authorities say Wu returned about four hours later and shot and killed CEO Sid Agrawal, vice president of operations Brian Pugh and human resources manager Marilyn Lewis.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Wu is facing three murder charges.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com
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