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Cal State Fullerton employee charged with murder in fatal stabbing could face death penalty – The Mercury News

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The Cal State Fullerton employee accused of stabbing his co-worker to death on campus this week was charged with murder on Friday morning, Aug. 23.

He did not enter a plea; his arraignment was continued to Oct. 4.


Chuyen Vo, 51,  was charged with murder, including enhancements of personal use of a weapon and special circumstance allegation of murder by lying in wait. He was being held without bail.

If convicted, Vo faces a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

If Vo is convicted of the murder with the lying in wait enhancement – which means the defendant intentionally hid and waited to attack the victim – he could be eligible for the death penalty. But it’s unclear whether that decision has been made.

Vo was arrested on Wednesday at his Huntington Beach home.

Fullerton police say he killed 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan, a retired administrator who still worked with the university, who they found with multiple stab wounds in a campus parking lot on Monday morning.

The slaying led to a multi-day search for the suspect, who was initially described as an Asian man in his mid-20s, and was captured on surveillance footage fleeing after the stabbing.