The man accused of killing a Cypress family of four in 2014 did so over a labor dispute involving a job promotion with one of the victims, according to court documents prosecutors filed on Wednesday.
Feng Lu is charged with capital murder for the murders of Maoye and MeiXie Sun and their two sons Timothy and Titus. The family was found dead at their home on Fosters Creek Drive on January 30, 2014. All were shot in the head, in separate bedrooms.
The case went unsolved for more than eight years — until Tuesday, when Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced that investigators had identified a suspect who was subsequently arrested in San Francisco on Sept. 11 after arriving in the US on a flight from China.
Lu’s motive determined as professional jealousy
The murders left friends and family perplexed and alarmed for years. The new documents reveal that Lu’s motive came down to professional jealousy, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Harris County Clerk’s office.
During an interview with investigators, Lu told police he asked Sun, who worked alongside him at oil and gas company Cameron International Corporation, for a recommendation for a promotion – a move to the company’s research and development section.
Lu told police that he heard that Sun didn’t provide the recommendation, so he called him to ask why he didn’t. Sun reportedly told Lu that he recommended him, the documents claim. But when Lu arrived at work the next day, his coworkers treated him differently, leading him to think that Sun had made derogatory remarks about him and “might have been the reason he didn’t get the promotion.” .
According to court documents, Lu purchased a gun on January 23, 2014. Investigators believe he used the same gun to kill the Sun family two days later.
Lu told investigators he didn’t know the rest of the Sun family, or where they lived. However, court documents say the DNA evidence contradicts that claim.
Records also show that forensic technicians recovered DNA mixtures from a Coach bag they retrieved from the Sun family home, but were initially unable to identify them. In January, analysts at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences later used another test that identified the mixtures as containing Lu DNA and MeiXie Sun DNA.
Investigators sought a warrant shortly after that, but were unable to arrest Lu until earlier this week, when he arrived in California on a flight from China. Lu is currently in California awaiting extradition. He has not yet been appointed a lawyer for the case. Prosecutors are asking that he be held without bail, records show.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg