State - INACTIVE

3 accused in Modesto market murders in court

Three teenagers accused of killing three members of a Modesto family in their Yosemite Boulevard market were in Stanislaus Superior Court on Wednesday morning.

Judge Scott T. Steffen appointed attorney Martin Baker to represent defendant Oloth "Dicky" Phommahaxay, 18, during the 10-minute hearing.

Phommahaxay has been charged along with Sophon Theoun Ting, 16, and Chris Douangkham, 15, on three counts of murder in the deaths of Vanh and Phouvieng Thammavongsa and their daughter, Nanci Thammavongsa, on Jan. 25.

The three sat quietly at the hearing, each answering "yes" when Steffen asked if they continued to waive their right to a speedy trial.

Phommahaxay, in red-and-white striped jail garb with hands and feet chained, sat at the defendant's table as attorney Bruce Perry discussed Baker's ability to handle the case and cleared up some other housekeeping items.

Ting and Douangkham, chained and in orange jumpsuits, sat behind Phommahaxay in chairs against a partition separating the attorneys and defendants from the roughly 20 people in attendance.

Four Stanislaus County Probation Department officers stood near Ting and Douangkham with their backs to the judge, eyeing those in attendance. There were an additional four county law enforcement officers in the Department 7 courtroom.

Steffen, who was filling in for Judge Marie Silveira, scheduled another pretrial hearing for March 14.

Video of defendants walking into court last month

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