DA Seeks Death Penalty in Han Murder Case

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DA Seeks Death Penalty in Han Murder Case
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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced on Friday the death penalty will be sought against the man who murdered the Han family last year.

Pierre Haobsh is on trial for murdering Weidong "Henry" Han, his wife Jennie, and their five-year-old daughter Emily in their Goleta home March of 2016.

According to KEYT News, Dudley told Superior Court Judge Brian Hill, "Assuming he is found guilty of the crimes he is accused of committing, he should be sentenced to the most severe punishment under California's law which is the death penalty."

This is the first time Dudley has requested a death penalty sentence since taking office in June of 2010.

Haobsh was arrested in San Diego County after the Han family was discovered. He's an alleged business partner of Han, who ran the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic on State Street, but it's unclear what type of business partnership they were involved in.

According to reports, a "gag order" will potentially be put in place to prevent anyone involved in the case from talking to the press in order to limit potential bias from the community.  

The next scheduled court date for Haobsh is September 19.

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LocalsOnly Sep 13, 2017 06:59 PM
DA Seeks Death Penalty in Han Murder Case

Though the death penalty is inefficient, doesn't act as a deterrent, and is unfairly and disproportionately imposed, this case is a prime example of why it should exist.

a-1627105462 Jul 23, 2021 10:44 PM
DA Seeks Death Penalty in Han Murder Case

Good news on the case, finally:
"Triple-murder suspect Pierre Haobsh is expected to have a bench trial before a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge rather than a jury trial, the defense attorney said Thursday."

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