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Murder suspects delay plea

Two others wanted in double homicide case remain at large

The six captured suspects in the double murder on Plymouth Street briefly appeared in court Tuesday, but their plea hearing was delayed until Nov. 5 after a defense attorney asked for more time to look through evidence.

Deputy District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro, a prosecutor in the case, said he did not expect anyone to enter a plea even by November due to the complexity of the evidence. It could be months before the suspects actually enter their plea, he said. The hearings are before Superior Court Judge Jerome S. Nadler.

"In a serious case like this the judge will give [the defense attorneys the time they need," Gibbons-Shapiro said. "Given the nature of this case, I think we will have a few more court appearances like this."

Meanwhile, Mountain View police are continuing their search for two more young people accused of participating in the murders of Teresa Sanchez-Aquino, 27, and Omar Aquino, 24, siblings who were shot to death in their home on the 1900 block of Plymouth Street in the early hours of Saturday, June 28, while Sanchez-Aquino's 8-year-old son slept in the next room.

Faith Thomas, 17, is accused of conspiracy to commit murder, and her brother Kenneth Ivory Thomas, 20, is wanted on two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder. Police consider the two suspects to be armed and dangerous since the murder weapon, a handgun, is still missing.

Their sister Fame Thomas, 15, is already in custody on charges of conspiracy and two counts of murder. Also in custody are Nicory Spann, 18, of San Jose; Michael David Adams, 20, of San Jose; Eric Williams, 22, of Union City; and Kim Pham, 19, of San Jose. All are charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Victoria Frances Thompson, 20, of Morgan Hill, also is being held for conspiracy to commit murder. The three Thomas siblings are from Campbell.

Police believe robbery was the original motive for the crimes, and have not ruled out drug or gang activity. According to a complaint filed in Superior Court, the suspects spent several weeks planning the robbery, and communicated through text messages on the night of the murders in an elaborate plan to rob Aquino. The suspects are said to have stolen an iPhone and other valuables before allegedly killing the siblings.

Mountain View police currently have leads on the two suspects at large "and are not running on empty," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. She would not elaborate, but said the Thomas family has not been helpful in finding the suspects.

"The entire county is on alert," Wylie said. "You can run, but you can't hide forever."

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kenneth and Faith Thomas is urged to call the Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344.

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