Feng Mi remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, but Thursday afternoon, the 45-year-old native Mandarin speaker appeared briefly before Judge Scott Patton at the Hayward Hall of Justice.
He was slated to be arraigned on one count of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, Yun Yi Zhang, 45, last Friday. Zhang's lifeless body was found in the master bedroom closet by the couple's 14-year-old daughter about 1 p.m. March 14.
Authorities say Mi has a history of domestic abuse against Zhang and shot her twice in the home the two shared in the 19600 block of Stanton Avenue in Castro Valley. Investigators have not released any information about a potential motive.
Mi's public defender, Timothy Murphy, waived the arraignment Thursday, and the judge ordered Mi back to court April 3 to enter a plea. Murphy declined to comment on the case.
Through an interpreter, Mi said he speaks "a little bit" of English, but Patton said he has evidence to the contrary.
"We are aware there is evidence that the defendant not only speaks English but he speaks it fluently," Patton said. "If you speak English, the county is not going to pay for an interpreter for every court hearing."
In court Thursday, Mi spoke only to his interpreter in Mandarin.
Investigators say the couple's teen daughter was not home at the time of the March 14 shooting but arrived home about 1 p.m. and found the body. The couple also has an 8-year-old daughter, but it was not clear if that child was home when the woman was killed, police said. The children are now in protective custody.
For three days after the shooting, Mi, who was believed to be carrying one of the two guns he owns, eluded police but finally surrendered about 10:35 p.m. Monday to the Cal State East Bay Police Department in Hayward.
The couple, investigators say, had a history of domestic violence reports. In 2009, police responded to the home three times for domestic disputes calls. Investigators say there is evidence linking Mi to his wife's death, but they did not elaborate in court papers.
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