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Monday, October 27, 2008

[CA] Deputy Chu's wife, who works worked with slain Officer Lo, was divorcing Chu

Steve Lo

...[Officer Steve Lo's] widow [Sia Vang Lo] says she didn't know her husband's co-workers, but she has heard rumors about a possible motive... "I keep thinking (Steve) will come home any hour now from work. But he's not here"... As [Sacramento County Sheriff's] Deputy Chu Vue sits in jail on a weapons charge, court documents reveal that his wife is leaving him after 16 years. Chia Vue filed for divorce on September 12, 2008 citing irreconcilable differences... Neighbors also told KCRA 3 that [Deputy Vue] the person of interest's wife also works in law enforcement. A law enforcement source told KCRA 3 that detectives are looking into a "relationship issue" as a potential motive in the killing...

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[CA] Officer Steve Lo murdered. Co-worker's husband, Deputy Vue being investigated. - ...The possible motive in Lo's killing is said to be a "personal relationship" that may have become an issue between the two men...


At Vue's court appearance Monday, his defense attorney, Pa Lai Lee, invoked Vue's right to a speedy trial and also requested a hearing to have his bail reduced.

Deputy Held On Rifle Charge To Be Arraigned
Search Warrant Connects Chu Vue To Corrections Officer's Shooting Death
KCRA 3 News
October 27, 2008
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy who is being held on a weapons charge is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Chu Vue, 43, was taken into custody last week after a search at his home turned up a rifle later determined to be illegal and unregistered. A search warrant obtained by KCRA 3 connects Vue to the shooting death of corrections officer Steve Lo. The warrant said "Vue's activities strongly indicate he was involved in the planning and/or execution of" the slaying of Steve Lo on Oct. 15. The documents also state that Vue is not believed to be the "perpetrator of this homicide, but he remains the principal in this case"... Vue is still employed by the sheriff's department but has been placed on leave with no badge and no gun, sources said. [Full article here]

Slain Officer's Widow Coping with Husband's Murder
News10.net, 10/KXTV
By: Will Frampton wframpton@news10.net
October 26, 2008
The Saturday night gathering at Officer Steve Lo's house was mostly upbeat, as friends and family came to lend comfort to his widow, Sia. For her, the ten days since Lo's slaying have felt anything but real. "It hasn't really registered," said Sia Lo. "I keep thinking (Steve) will come home any hour now from work. But he's not here. I can't believe it, that he's not here anymore... I can't make sense of it. It takes a turn every day," said Sia. "I just wish they can catch my husband's killer or killers." She doesn't know what to make of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Chu Vue. He was arrested on an illegal gun charge, and Sacramento Police believe he's somehow involved in Lo's murder. And how relevant is the fact that Vue's wife worked with Lo at the correctional facility in Vacaville? If you ask Lo's widow, it's merely coincidence. "What I learned is that she (Vue's wife) does work with (my husband) at the Vacaville facility," said Sia. "But I don't think he would carry out anything that stupid with anybody of that sort. He's a very likeable person," she said of her husband. "I don't think he has any problems at work." Officer Lo's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Longcheng Legacy Hall on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. Because it's a traditional Hmong funeral, it will last three days. [Full article here]

Wife Of Slain Officer Searches For Answers
Corrections Officer Fatally Shot In Front Of Sacramento Home
KCRA
October 26, 2008
The wife of a slain state corrections officer is still searching for answers and trying to say goodbye to the father of her five children. Steve Lo, 39, was in full uniform and standing in his garage in the 8400 block of Tambor Way shortly before 5 a.m. on Oct. 15 when he was fatally wounded by gunfire, police Sgt. Matt Young said. Lo's widow, Sia Vang, told KCRA 3 that the grieving process has been stressful and emotional. "It is close to putting him away, putting him to rest, and that's one thing that's hard for me to let go," Vang said. Chu Vue, a sheriff's deputy, is suspected of being involved in the slaying of Lo, according to a search warrant obtained by KCRA 3... "The story is taking a turn every day," Vang said. "I just hope they catch my husband's killers or killer" [Full article here]

Deputy Linked To Officer's Slaying, Docs Say
State Corrections Officer Slain In Front Of South Sacramento Home
October 23, 2008
A sheriff's deputy is suspected of being involved in the slaying of a state corrections officer, according to court documents. Chu Vue, 43, was taken into custody at 8 a.m. Thursday after a search at his home on Oct. 16 turned up a rifle later determined to be illegal and unregistered... Other items seized from Vue's home include miscellaneous divorce papers, several handguns, phone records and pieces of paper with phone numbers. The district attorney's office said Vue was charged with possession of an assault weapon. Vue is being held at the Yolo County Jail on $500,000 bail.. Neighbors also told KCRA 3 that the person of interest's wife also works in law enforcement. A law enforcement source told KCRA 3 that detectives are looking into a "relationship issue" as a potential motive in the killing... "Last week, I signed the proposed disciplinary action that set into motion the steps necessary to separate Chu Vue from employment from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department," Sheriff John McGinness said in a statement. "However, Vue is still protected by the peace officer's Bill of Rights and is afforded all the protections thereunder as they relate to the confidentiality of personnel issues." Vue is still employed by the sheriff's department but has been placed on leave with no badge and no gun, sources said. [Full article here]

New Details Emerge In Arrest Of Sacramento Deputy
CBS13
Koula Gianulias
Oct 24, 2008
New details have emerged about Sheriff Deputy Chu Vue, the man being called a "principal" in the murder of correctional officer Steve Lo. As deputy Chu Vue sits in jail on a weapons charge, court documents reveal that his wife, Sia, is leaving him after 16 years. Chia Vue filed for divorce on September 12, 2008 citing irreconcilable differences. Court papers reveal she's asking for joint custody and a list of assets including investment property, a boat and jewelry totaling $20,000. Chia Vue works at the same medical facility in Vacaville, where Lo was a correctional officer. "I don't have any idea why someone would kill him," said Sia. "If you find out, please tell me." On the phone today, the victim's widow says she didn't know her husband's co-workers, but she has heard rumors about a possible motive. As she makes plans to bury her husband, she says she just wants answers and justice. "What the family wants right now if for the killer or killers to be captured" [Full article here]

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  1. DEPUTY FIRED, PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGE
    CBS13
    David Begnaud
    Oct 27, 2008

    SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento sheriff's deputy who is being investigated in the death of correctional officer Steve Lo has lost his job on the same day that he pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge.

    Chu Vue, 43, was arrested last Thursday after investigators reportedly found a homemade assault rifle in his house. Vue is being held on $500,000 bail.

    Vue had been placed on administrative leave by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department while they investigated him in connection with the October 15 murder of Lo, and authorities terminated his employment on Monday.

    Vue has been fired after their investigation concluded that he had violated department procedures, according to Sheriff John McGinnis. Sources say that Vu used a county computer to search for personal information about Steve Lo before he was murdered outside his home, something Sheriff McGinnis would not confirm.

    "Issues developed in the course of the administrative investigation, and his conduct… put us in a position where the right thing to do was for me to terminate him as a deputy sheriff," Sheriff McGinnis said.

    At Vue's court appearance Monday, his defense attorney, Pa Lai Lee, invoked Vue's right to a speedy trial and also requested a hearing to have his bail reduced.

    "The fact that my client has an illegal firearm, other than that there is no evidence tying him to [Lo's] murder or any murder," Lee said.

    Sources say Vue may have a legitimate alibi that places him someplace other than the crime scene where the murder was committed, but defense attorney and analyst Ken Rosenfeld says police are building a bigger case against the former deputy.

    "They're not really concerned about the guns here, in my opinion," Rosenfeld said. "They think there's something much larger here and it's linked to the homicide."

    Sources called Vue a suspected "principal" to the crime; he could be charged with murder even if he didn't pull the trigger. Rosenfeld said authorities most likely arrested Vue on the weapons charge because they may not yet have the evidence to charge him with murder, or at least may be unwilling to share it.

    Forcing a speedy trial would force police to show their hand, Rosenfeld said. Vue's attorney believes "they're rushing through this process, and in order to protect her client she's not going to waive time," he said.

    "It's a pretty dangerous strategy," Rosenfeld added.

    If Vue's bail is reduced and is able to bond out of prison, Rosenfeld thinks police would act quickly to charge him with something else.

    "I think if he was out he'd be back in a very short period of time," he said. "They think he's good on a homicide, and they're not going to let that go."

    http://cbs13.com/local/chu.vue.pleads.2.850004.html

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  2. ex-officer vue is a chump. i remember in 99 when vue was patrolling the 6th floor at sac county main jail. he was very rude and on many occassions, abused his powers. i hope this event will open up his eyes and lead him to god. may god have mercy on his soul and may his victim rest in peace.

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