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Han Family Murder Suspect Appears in Santa Barbara Court Tuesday

The man charged with murdering a local doctor and his family was back in court Tuesday. This time, he was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, thick glasses, and sporting a buzzcut.

27-year-old Pierre F. Haobsh is charged with murdering Dr. Han, his wife and young daughter Emily. The family was found shot to death and wrapped in plastic in the garage of their Goleta Valley home. The March murders led to the arrest of business associate Pierre Haobsh, who is scheduled to be in court Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

A loaded handgun and property belonging to one of the victims was reportedly found inside of Haobsh’s car. Haobsh is also charged with special circumstances of committing the murders for financial gain. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office has not decided whether they will seek the death penalty.

The visibly slim 27-year-old sat silent as attorneys agreed on a continued preliminary setting for September 27 citing recent “substantial discoveries.” The only time the court heard Haobsh’s voice was when he responded to a question from the judge with “yes, your honor.”

Reporter Vicky Nguyen spoke with Haobsh’s attorney Christine Voss, who declined to discuss how Haobsh is coping with incarceration. Voss did say, however, she has a lot of documents to review regarding this case. This case is still in its early stages.

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