Despite protest from Public Defender Jeff Adachi, a judge ruled Thursday that his office cannot represent the man accused of killing five people in the Ingleside district last week because of a potential conflict of interest.
Prosecutors had argued that the Public Defender’s Office cannot provide conflict-free counsel to Binh Thai Luc, the slaying suspect, because it recently represented his brother in a DUI and firearms case. The brother, Brian Luc, could end up being a crucial witness in the case, prosecutors said.
Adachi argued that there wasn’t a conflict because his office had ceased to represent Brian Luc after he was sentenced. He said he plans to appeal the judge’s decision.
Meanwhile, private attorney Mark Goldrosen has been appointed to represent Binh Thai Luc, whose arraignment was delayed until April 5.
The 35-year-old was arrested Sunday, two days after five people were found dead at 16 Howth St. Brian Luc was also arrested Sunday on charges unrelated to the homicides.