The two murder suspects in a botched home invasion robbery earlier this month in San Mateo that ended up getting their friend killed were granted a request to continue yesterday to get copies of police reports, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Bunn Vo, 22, of San Jose, and Edwin Lee, 22, of Daly City, are each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery and conspiracy. Neither entered a plea yesterday and are due back in court Oct. 11 to do so and to set a preliminary hearing date.
Third suspect, Bryant Ma, 23, of San Jose, was killed in the shootout. Lee was also injured but booked into San Mateo County Jail with Vo after being discharged from the San Jose hospital where the trio headed after a home invasion shootout.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 4 on the 1500 block of Lodi Avenue, near South Norfolk Street east of Highway 101. Police say the three suspects entered the home where they confronted four others and gunfire erupted. Two people were shot — Ma and the 24-year-old resident who shot him — and the suspects fled in a dark SUV. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Ma was dead on arrival and Lee was treated for a non-life threatening shot. Hospital personnel alerted police who connected them to the San Mateo shooting. A dark blue SUV was located in the hospital parking lot.
California law allows Vo and Lee to be charged with Ma’s murder because they were allegedly participating in a felonious crime that led to his death.
Prosecutors allege the suspects entered the home to rob the residents of drugs and money and demanded one victim to open his safe. Prosecutors say he instead got out a gun and opened fire on the suspects.