Test-engineer Jing Hua Wu was formally charged with three counts of murder last weekend in the shooting deaths of co-workers Brian Pugh, a Los Altos resident, Marilyn Lewis and Sid Agrawal at their company, SiPort, in Santa Clara Nov. 14.
Wu, a Mountain View resident, did not enter a plea during the arraignment and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 18. He is being held without bail in the mental health ward of the Santa Clara County jail.
He was charged with "special circumstances" due to the multiple victims, making him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole, Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen said.
"We haven't made a decision yet as to whether to seek death. It's a very careful and deliberative process that will take us many months," Rosen said.
Rosen confirmed that on searching Wu's vehicle – a rental SUV he was driving the day of the shooting – Santa Clara police officers found a 9-millimeter gun, the same caliber as the weapon allegedly used during the shooting.
A memorial service for Pugh was held Friday at Los Altos United Methodist Church and prayers stories about his life have been flooding the family's Web site, www.rememberingbrianpugh.net.