Two suspects in the March 2021 deadly robbery assault of 75-year-old Pak Ho have been ordered to stand trial on special circumstances murder chargers and other counts related to slaying.
The horrific incident has sparked fear throughout Oakland’s Asian American community.
According to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, Teaunte Bailey and Demtriases Britton have been ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing before Judge Scott Patton on Thursday.
Britton has been charged with special circumstances murder and second-degree robbery, while Bailey will be tried on various charges, including special circumstance murder, second-degree robbery, evading an officer, first-degree residential robbery, and first-degree burglary.
Pak Ho was out for a daily walk in his Oakland neighborhood around 7 a.m. on March 9, 2021, when Bailey approached him, punched him, and knocked him to the ground.
Ho hit his head on the concrete sidewalk, suffering critical injuries that left him brain dead. 2 days later, he was taken off life support.
The Alameda County Sheriff identified Britton as the getaway diver, and Ho’s property was found on Britton during his arrest.
Investigators said both men had previous criminal records.
Britton has 4 previous convictions for robbery and one previous conviction for residential burglary, while Baily was wanted for a residential robbery in Oakland, where he assaulted and stole items from an elderly at a retirement home.