- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Salt Lake City man accused of killing three people staying at his house because they wouldn’t move out is waiving an evidence hearing in the case.

Court records show that 32-year-old Alexander Hung Tran appeared in court Monday on three counts of aggravated murder, charges that could carry the death penalty.

He’s due back in court for an arraignment on July 28.

Prosecutors say Tran acknowledged the shootings when officers found him with a gun last year, but said his mother was at fault because she owns the house and had asked for the boarders to leave. Prosecutors say she knew nothing of the deaths until later.

The victims were 2-month-old Lyrik Poike, her 50-year-old grandmother Heike Poike, and an acquaintance, 28-year-old Dakota Smith.

A lawyer for Tran wasn’t immediately available for comment.



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