Update: Oceanside man accused of triple murder appears in court
SANTA BARBARA (KUSI) — Wednesday — The Oceanside man, accused of a triple-murder in Santa Barbara, went before a judge for the second time Tuesday.
Pierre Haobsh is charged with the killings of a doctor, his wife and 5-year-old daughter.
The lawyer representing Haobsh said the defense was not ready for his arraignment on three counts of first-degree murder.
Haobsh’s arraignment has been pushed back to May 5.
4/9/2016 — A San Diego area businessman is now officially charged with killing a well-known Chinese herbalist, his wife and 5-year-old daughter inside their Santa Barbara home.
Pierre Haobsh, 27, from Oceanside faces three felony counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said the motive was some kind of business dispute.
If he is convicted, he is eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors said they will decide whether or not to pursue the death penalty after the preliminary hearing.
3/25/2016 — An Oceanside man was arrested Friday in connection to the murder of an acupuncturist, his wife and their 5-year-old daughter in their Santa Barbara home.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Pierre Haobsh, 27, of Oceanside was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Friday in San Diego County in connection to the deaths of Dr. Weidong Henry Han, 57; wife Huijie Yu, 29; and daughter Emily Han.
A loaded 9mm handgun and property belonging to one of the victims was found inside Haobsh’s car, according to Santa Barbara County’s sheriff’s officials.
Santa Barbara officials believe Haobsh was recently involved in some sort of business transaction with Dr. Han, but motives for the murders are still being investigated.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Han’s colleagues were concerned when he didn’t show up for a meeting Wednesday. They said it was “highly uncharacteristic” of Han not to attend a planned meeting.
Two associates later went to Han’s home to check on him and noticed the front door was ajar, he said. The family’s cars were still at the property.
They immediately notified sheriff’s deputies, who then entered the home and found the family dead, Santa Barbara Sheriff Brown said. Han’s wife and daughter were last seen 7 p.m. Tuesday. Han was last seen at 10 p.m. the same day.
Authorities are still investigating the possible motive. Haobsh’s arrest came 32 hours after the family’s bodies were found, according to the Los Angeles Times.