A man accused of stabbing another man over a parking place in theRichmond district pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges Monday after police arrested him Friday.
Police say Sarith Soun, 25, is one of several people who assaulted and stabbed to death a man who was saving an empty parking place on the 3900 block of Geary Boulevard on Sept. 16. They arrested him at 6:30 a.m. Friday at a house on the 1200 block of 32nd Avenue.
One suspect was already in custody for the death of Boris Albinder, 19, who police say was standing in an open parking place in front of a house party on the 3900 block of Geary Boulevard in the early morning of Sept. 16. Albinder was saving a parking place for a friend when a van full of young men drove up and demanded the space, police said.
Albinder refused to give it up and the driver bumped him. Several people then jumped out of the van and began beating Albinder. At least one of them stabbed him to death, police reported.
Police arrested the suspected driver, 25-year-old Pounleau Chea, on suspicion of murder and assault the night of the incident. They said Monday that Soun is suspected to have done the stabbing.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is representing Chea, said Chea was in the area the night of the incident but did not participate in the killing.
Adachi said Monday that his office assigned Soun’s case to a private lawyer because it would be a conflict of interest to represent both Chea and Soun.
"Two persons, charged with the same offense, may be in adverse legal positions, and therefore are entitled to a lawyer who will make sure their individual rights are protected," Adachi said.