Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: What is going on with the case of the Asian gangsters in Amador County, where the marijuana farm went wrong and a worker was killed? Do each of them have separate cases in court? What are they looking at? Any updates?
Submitted by: Sac, Sac
ANSWER: Five men remain in Amador County Jail charged with murder in the Sept. 27, 2011, shooting death of 45-year-old He Ting Fu.
Arrested in connection with the shooting were Andrew Minh Manisap, 18, Michael Saechao, 21, David Van Tai, 23, Vu Xuan Tran, 23, all of Sacramento, and Son Thai Nguyen, 20, of Elk Grove. According to Amador Superior Court online information, the next court date for all five is Thursday. Each defendant is represented by a separate public defender or court-appointed attorney.
The five were arrested following a shootout at the site of medicinal marijuana cultivation operations on Carbondale Road that were reportedly operated by Fu and three other individuals. Fu was found dead, grasping a shotgun, in a bullet-riddled trailer.
Sheriff's officials said all five are known gang members.